The War Works Hard (by Dunya Mikhail)

Original Text: 
Dunya Mikhail, The War Works Hard, trans. Elizabeth Winslow (New York: New Directions, 2005). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2006 International Shortlist).
1How magnificent the war is!
2How eager
3and efficient!
4Early in the morning,
5it wakes up the sirens
6and dispatches ambulances
7to various places,
8swings corpses through the air,
9rolls stretchers to the wounded,
10summons rain
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2011