Coastal Poems

TWO POEMS by Anny Ballardini

Like a nocturnal butterfly


Oil draws thick embroideries on darker surfaces


The sea glues in birds / Vomits dead fishes


A black floating glove suffocating / stilling


Whirling up / Earth’s deadly geometries


Swallow up / down _ all life

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nobody sees,


the same with wars sometimes on screens some blood, some spots floating on the infinitely liquid extent fragmented in the moving blinding twinkling


distanced it does not touch, a sketch for Saint Thomas_ can’t believe till we get a grip on the scene


seized with skew-whiff news skiagramed from different shots


like corporate greed, like fear, like hunger, like manipulations, like harassment, invisible hands sizzling


caught from somewhere unseen, unexpected, first the assault, then the indefatigable destroying siege


sec by sec, interminably, patient their strength, continuous your ruin their victory


winning with oil freely spilling


with blood pouring out


with greed letting you grieve


with paralyzing fear


with manipulation that has you prostrate and stunned


with harassment: caged out I am _without parole


see the slaughter at the
Tokyo fish market 1


see the slaughter skidding


see the slaughter


see the


SEA


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[1] It becomes even more difficult if you are a vegetarian or a vegan and believe in different coordinates.

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Anny Ballardini lives in Bolzano, Italy.  She grew up in New York, lived in New Orleans, Buenos Aires, Florence.  A poet, translator and interpreter (simultaneous interpreter for English, French, Italian), she received her MFA in Creative Writing from UNO, University of New Orleans, Chair and Director Bill Lavender. She teaches high school; edits Poets’ Corner – Fieralingue, an online poetry site; and writes a blog: Narcissus Works. Besides various full length publications of translations, to be mentioned are her two collections of poems, Opening and Closing Numbers, published by Moria Editions, Editor Bill Allegrezza, 2005; and Ghost Dance in 33 Movements published by Otoliths Press, Editor Mark Young, 2009. For a detailed CV see here: http://ballardinianny.blogspot.com/.

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