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FROM THE HUNGARIAN

TOM RAWORTH / VAL RAWORTH


THREE POEMS OF MINE HAD BEEN TRANSLATED INTO HUNGARIAN, A LANGUAGE OF WHICH WE KNOW NOTHING: WE TRANSLATED THEM BACK ONE MORNING. THREE OF EACH, EACH, WITH A BREAK BETWEEN EACH SET OF THREE: AND NO PEEKING: LINE BY LINE. MAY 9th. 1973. IT LOOKS A LOT LIKE EUROPE. TR.


THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO RAY DIPALMA AND BETSI BRANDFASS.



THANKS TO JOE BRAINARD, ANDREI CODRESCU, BILL COX, AND TOM VEITCH WHO PUNCTUATED THE MORNING. TR/VR


1.

WANDERGUT

 

slovak intellectual appears to cyclops

resembling your face

hiding ecstasy in cement works of webern

cutlass banana-scar on amber mind-nuts

 

oval, a robot tu-tu

lovingly spins metalically among the tortoises

with seventeen sporadic rotors

similarly steaming egyptian musaz

 

pieter kelnek who in moderation

seemed the energy of spinning sarcasm

semi-exerted

takes from it a slovak intellectual


2.

SALLY TO SEE YOU, TACITUS

 

amok among sicilians

seeking far with my good eye

can alcohol

so maintain europe

that the gone rue it so?

 

is it a first-greeting fist then

that sparks on nearing

a merry parent?

is this the foolish cyclamate

ten gallons of which flatten your hair?

 

exercise that lengthens dogs

mars their true coats

"holy mitred vale

of tulsa pray for us"

yes lola.... no giorgio.... hi joe


3.

AT MAXIMUM ZERO

 

seeking the still window

in stasis

a variant arrival

chortles into a hold-all

golden arrival-window!

 

lo! nears the orgone-bug

--mincy ugly tunneler--

each distant foot feels all

eggy   agony in a homosexual's apartment

eggy future in a blimp sack

 

"ballast" (ricardo montalban)

a fat lip

leapfrogging

hold!   ho!    lobster's

name instructs the eggy cherub


4.

A COLT HAS ATE MOST

 

how easy to hold fast at

missolonghi      to hold the

visitor at varese

to hold vague jokes

golden honey with fennel

 

the nearing organ book

with huge volume

with leg-rings feels all

edgy    who mocks that apparent old-age

that edgy suspended future?

 

"ballast" from a vibration

a first fast kiss

happily held

hold!    ho!    far-off

name is educated syllabub


5.

STARLIGHT UTILITIES

 

atomic minds caliban

far fiji with ebsen

canals and chocolate

romany yaks

o the guru halo!

 

tick tock (some hungarian)

it's most energetic gazing

a fey league

this is the sick eskimo

you give me a fiery hand at last

 

sadness dolor

i am immersed in tricks

hold val

ultimately licking

day    night    tomorrow


6.

START AND SIT

 

scylla running amok

past fiji

carnal charcoal

romantic romany

holy gorgio

 

tick tock    a felt fist

its most gossamer journey

cloth legs

sweet silk eyes

tender feeble velvet hands

 

dogs at zero

immersed in tracks

mighty voles

using milk

daily in yesterday's gorges


7.

A COLT IS MOST

 

ho!   he's holding it at

waving and holding

with water and whiskey

holding guns

hungarian guns

 

look at the big night organ

eating the ugly violinist

a musical festival

streaky men, gold hair

dark streets     gondolas

 

ballast from a blaze

a fiery volcano

horses

hold him long

my name is lettie eggsyrub


8.

UTILITY STARLIGHT

 

killing us atomic minds

far fiji

canals and calibres

alchemy

o giant halos

 

this is the first fault

it is the most i gaze on

a pharaoh's league

icy    killing    silent

giving a feather with latitude

 

dogs tigers

immersed in tricks

holes    valleys    mists

utopian lakes

days    nights    afternoons


9.

CELTIC MISTS

 

hold silk hold faille

muslin and hemp

vichy water and champagne

holding vanilla

hungry faces

 

icons and bugles

mints on the volga

a laughing festival

aubergines patting andirons

casks of future glows

 

blitz velasquez

a first king

hopeless

hopeful    lingering

no lethe


10.

WHAT DO YOU SAY?

 

low level plain and copses

a certain fierce time

hiding jokes in mud bricks

fierce coals and midnight embers

 

jerking a rabbit upwards

loving laughter and misty turtles

it is 1770 in reykyavik

singing    scheming    masking    killing

 

killing people with moderation

killing     never sinking a rock

seeing foam

taking a lovely levee


11.

A MOST COLD

 

they hold izaak at fire

moulding the tundra

clear water and ice

a bold magyar

gorging

 

no merit gets oregon

mincing    ugly    vulgar

at leghorn fairs

each man takes with iron

izaak takes iron

 

iron blasts from calderon

a fiery kiss

hope

hold    o    languor

its name is lethe


12.

SOLITARY UTAHSITIS

 

atomically minded armchair prevention

from dawn till dusk

coal by canal and car

so maintain your castle

o, from gongora hasten!

 

seacrack in falsetto whispers

is most eye-less once-yearly

to bird leg

is so silly and sick

to tender a feather amulet

 

dry self sad log

as to true immersed sea-bed

--whole valium aorta

utilised chest attack --

peer: or go hasten


13.

WHO DUN IT

 

level legs parachutes and co-ops

a sunbeam and a rainbow

hiding bodies in a cement bridge

the hotel vega burns at midnight

 

over a rabbit-stew

chocolate milk and a mezzanine tortoise

with a swede and a swiss from reykyavik

and a swede and a swiss from egypt

 

found a modulating key

taking energy from a rock

going to samarkand

turks love it


14.

WHAT NOUGAT

 

lovely far-televisioned paris by cycle

smack kisses your eye windows

hiding ecstasy in cement shell "toves"

cutlet-gook and vegetables at embered midnight

 

omelet of rabbit, turtle

lovingly rotored and mixed with tletur

my senses thunder-snap and wander

simultaneously simulating masticating egg-yolk

 

pieter kelnek born in modulatia

sense energy sarcastically roaming

see me eat "zers"

you crazy but lovable distant set


15.

SHALL THE CUP YOU SIT AT

 

syllable's are mind's atoms

from first to last

through cancer-canal

romantic jokes

"o........  de golden halo!"

 

seek rat -- that musty head

is most ignobly elegant

for halo's light

is eskimo

or arabic

 

sad egg-stained dog

has smeared his basket

-- whole valuable fragments

used to lap milk

give him his new york halo


16.

WHAT YOU GOT

 

the far-off cattle seem to clop

a steamboat to distend it

while day exacts a solid fee

the burning cattle mind it

 

but lo! a rabbit-cat appears

gambolling endearingly round and round

the seventeen zippers of its pelt

snag simultaneously on the ground

 

pets that have not learned moderation

whose energy forces them to roam

may end as half-chewed entrecotes

beneath sweet turkish loam


17.

TAKE A DOG

 

cool perfect loving hell

remembering fizzing tunes

hiding jokes finding flakes

coasting    embarking at midnight

 

ovals in rabid turmoil

loving geometrics and tertian symbols

a thousand thousand royals

singing singing music elegies

 

please keep in a gavotte

many rock sarabands

see me see me

turning a lovely anthem


18.

HOW COLD IS MOST

 

how easy to hold fania's hat

a muscled yogi will hold it

this visitor to our ranks

will hold it vaguely

go hunting with fania

 

loan your writ or go in a bug

mind the ugly will

allegro!    feldspar!

behold the clear painful beauty of your tie

behold saki futilely inflate you

 

"by allah!" -- from a valise

a quick fist

an opal yak

old     o.... bangkok

fate is far from syrup's ego


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