Kosmopolit (by Durs Grünbein)
Durs Grünbein, Ashes for Breakfast: Selected Poems, trans. Michael Hofmann (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2006 International Shortlist).
1The day after getting back from my longest journey,
2I realize I had this traveling business badly wrong.
3Penned in an airplane, immobilized for hours on end,
4Over clouds that bear the appearance of deserts,
5Deserts that bear the appearance of seas, and seasThe rest of the poem cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
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