Summer 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 3/4 PoetryJuly 1, 1996 |

Remembering an Old Street

From the Hungarian.  Curved little street: tossed out melon rind. Your cobblestones: black seeds, flies swarm all over you. Your synagogue's forehead: a stuffed calf s forehead. Your little Jews' earlocks are curly, their thin hands flatten unleavened bread, they have no store, only God, they came on the wind's back from Bethlehem. Who's seen Moses with a tow-beard? Every night he strolls by here, he makes water gush from the rocks, he makes water gush from the walls, and by dawn your sidewalk's covered with mud. My despair stares at you, my pondering eyes look back, a little Jewish girl returns my greeting, her eyes are a six-pointed dread. Now a single straw soars up, can you see this, you who still live?The little Jewish girl's yellow bones drift into the yellow nothingness. She drifts to her mother: green gas in space, she drifts to her father: the moon's lampshade, she drifts to her younger brother: a square cake of soap in a shop window of the other world. Little street

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Sándor Csoóri, a leading contemporary Hungarian poet, essayist, and scriptwriter, has been called "the genius of discontent" and is considered to be one of the most prominent artistic spokespersonsfor the Hungarian people during the pastfour decades. He is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry and five volumes of essays. Recipient of the Attila Józef Prize in Poetry, he also won the prestigious Kossuth Award, Hungary's greatest honor for achievement in artistic and scientific work.
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Len Roberts's two most recent books of poetry, The Trouble-Making Finch (1998) and Counting the Black Angels (1994), were published by the University of Illinois Press. His book of translation, Selected Poems of Sándor Csoóri, was published by Copper Canyon in 1992.

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By Sándor Csoóri, translated by Len Roberts

From the Hungarian.  Curved little street: tossed out melon rind. Your cobblestones: black seeds, flies swarm all over you. Your synagogue's forehead: a stuffed calf s forehead. Your little Jews' […]

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