Nov/Dec 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 6 PoetryNovember 1, 2017 |

Japanese Notebooks

Yakucho (Kyoto) you could * of Japan * speak only * about the sky * of clouds *in the sky * and of tre______ es especially you could * of Japan * speak only * about water * the old la_____ dies wearing ha_____ ts   * who sweep * the road * or con______ nect the heart * of the houses' * blue * roofs of the painter Jakuchù * and birds * especially * there it is * the story * will write itself* the storyteller   * the sky light * and pale * birds rising * crossing the sky * themountain encumbered * with fog clo_____ uds on a pink ground * black birds * vast wings * at six o'clock * in the morning   * small bird * diagonal flight * a snatch of tre_____ es pylons * bird bending * sky lit up * Tintoretto blue later an e_____ gret * black legs * yellow feet * walks toward * the water   * the bridge * wooden arches mildness * of the light * water andsky * almost white * merging he paints * on a screen * he paints * on parchmen

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Marilyn Hacker is the author of twelve books of poems, most recently Names (W.W. Norton 2010), and of ten collections of poetry translated from French. She received the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation in 2009 for Marie Etienne’s King of a Hundred Horsemen. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a former editor of The Kenyon Review.

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