TSM 103

Before I bite your head off,
let me boil your bones with moon –
milk marrow and soft ribs of light
to feed my tenderness.

Did you say the Sea of Tranquility
simmered your stock in trade?
Here – to your lips – a soupçon of truth
blown to cool across that cauldron of dust.

My teeth would carry you lightly,
the way gentle jaws of the Dog Star
carry a rabbit past constellations of dreams,
whimpering home in the night sky.

What’s this, you say? Why cannibals,
when love alone should suffice?
Eat or be eaten this Quarante-tine stew,
forty days and forty nights gnawing the wilderness.




For The Sunday Muse

30 thoughts on “TSM 103

  1. It certainly feels like a wilderness. I wouldn’t be surprised to find kettles and shrunken heads strewn in the front lawn. But as the choco bunny with the irritable spouse said, “Don’t bite my head off!” Oopsy, too late.

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  2. memorable line that ‘gnawing the wilderness’ – conjures hunger and the incipient madness of the solitary. Dare one say these too are stellar lines?!
    “the way gentle jaws of the Dog Star
    carry a rabbit past constellations of dreams,
    whimpering home in the night sky.”

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  3. Hey qbit. Now you’ve got me wondering about those not very Swedish names, you pedant. At first I thought they were all somewhere in Canada, but no, it’s Sweden. There IS a Lars, as I mentioned in my reply to you on site, but yeah…Kevin? I just found out that the original title of “Beartown” is “Bjornstad” which probably wouldn’t have made me ever notice it. So maybe, in translation, they changed the boys’ names? I have posed the question at Goodreads, and if I get an answer I will pass it on.

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    1. Lol! Thanks for not yelling at at me fir missing the point of your most excellent review. I ordered the book. And sure, the translator and the marketing team have some leeway, but Kevin?? Benji?? Would Hans and Ole really been a haircut off US sales?

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