02.18.2008

Author’s Prayer (an excerpt from the poem by Ilya Kaminsky, taken from a poetry anthology entitled Legitimate Dangers)

If I speak for the dead, I must leave
this animal of my body,

I must write the same poem over and over,
for an empty page is the white flag of their surrender.

If I speak for them, I must walk on the edge
of myself, I must live as a blind man

who runs through rooms without touching the furniture.

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