Winter 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1991 |

Carnival

                          Barcelona Sure the advertisements are full of advice. They beseech   everyone to get drunk or go on vacation, to keep journeying to fill the wrenched vacancy,    keep moving forward to find out what's behind us—old news. By now the bird vendors are out   dealing cockatoos and jeweled finches, ringed pigeons, corrosively iridescent with morning.    It's true the architecture's complex, but sometimes I get fed up with swallowing diesel   and cruising around in someone else's idea of the good life. So here I am counting the hairs I've lost,    while on the promenade people air their ocelots beneath balconies festooned with streamers,   confetti staining a turbaned sheikh three stories high bowing over a couple who've been up all night.    The woman rolls a cigarette, blows smoke while the man, wearing a lush's face, looks down at the table,  

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