Thursday, August 5, 2010

Listening To Lila Downs


Sandalwood stick burns like a torch,
feathering black tsunami above the chasm.

Lila follows los pobrecitos
down wrinkled cobblestone allies
spat from rusty Civil War Gatling guns,
plus US mercenaries masquerading on Halloween
paid in full by lusty marijuana,
or simple folk, pure and simple folk
hoodwinked by the wicked.

Like a melancholy viper, naked, spotted,
constricting the bruised moon.

Lila, burning the Psalms, Leviticus,
and gospels of the new world order.

Lila, amphibian eclipse of Scorpio.

Lila, mariposa blanca del mundo!

Alan Britt’s recent books are Hurricane (2010), Greatest Hits (2010), Vegetable Love (2009), Vermilion (2006), Infinite Days (2003), Amnesia Tango (1998) and Bodies of Lightning (1995). Britt’s work also appears in the new anthologies, American Poets Against the War, Metropolitan Arts Press, 2009 and Vapor transatl├íntico (Transatlantic Steamer), a bi-lingual anthology of Latin American and North American poets, Hofstra University Press/Fondo de Cultura Econ├│mica de Mexico/Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Peru, 2008.

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