Summer 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1991 |

After the Storm

               Translated from the Swedish                     by Robin Fulton They're burning brushwood and clearing up after the storm. Numbered logs are piled on both sides of the road waiting for transport. There are trees enough left in Londonfor birds to land on and dogs to sniff at. A magpie investigates an empty bag in the grass,claws it down with one foot, sticks its beak in and rummages for some abandoned delicacy. Like me last night clinging to an open book with my eyes rummaging for something incontrovertible. In the company of a squirrel I watch the tongues of flame that try to free themselves from the burning brushwood. Their flickering language is like my own chatterand the squirrel's, which diverge only with regard to the number of phonemes. A blue smoke encloses us like a tent. Now and then the flap opens to a puff of wind and lets us see the outline of an incontrovertible city. 

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