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Child Bomb

From: Prairie Schooner
Volume 87, Number 4, Winter 2013
pp. 46-47 | 10.1353/psg.2013.0140

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The boy lifts a hand to his tooth,
in doubt.
The bombs have not blown him up.
His entire body
and he doesn’t know
if he should remove
his underpants.
He cannot show
his tiny and defenseless
belief in himself.
He doesn’t know he is in front of the cameras
nor does he even think about it.
can the boy think?
Go back
to being a plain body,
a trembling,
a slight gesture

which the camera fastens on
like an oil of peace.
We are all
this hunger for life.
in a void
around evil.
A gesture which is everyone’s,
a childish shame,
the naked body
that wants to preserve itself
and grow.
And so,
this vision of the child’s
like a slow oil
wraps itself round us.
We must make haste
to protect it,
remove it from this scene,
paralyzed with horror.
That which did not happen.
Now the child
and his guards
and ourselves
are that oil,
that oily and necessary

Pedro Serrano  

Pedro Serrano is a Mexican poet, critic, and translator who teaches at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (unam ) in Mexico City’s Federal District. He is the author of five books, most recently Nueces. His translations include the anthology of British poetry La generación del cordero (The Lamb Generation), a volume of Matthew Sweeney’s poetry, and Shakespeare’s King John. He recently published La construcción del poeta moderno, an essay on T. S. Eliot and Octavio Paz, and Aligeren la oscuridad, an anthology of Edward Hirsch’s poems. He is the editor of the online poetry monthly Periódico de Poesía. He was granted a Guggenheim fellowship in 2007.

Anna Crowe  

Anna Crowe is the former artistic director of StAnza, Scotland’s poetry festival, and the author of two Peterloo collections, Skating Out of the House and Punk with Dulcimer. Her book Figure in a Landscape (Mariscat) won the 2011 Callum MacDonald Memorial Award and was a pbs Pamphlet Choice and published in Catalan and English. She has translated poems by Joan Margarit, R. S. Thomas, and Pedro Serrano and is a recipient of a Travelling Scholarship by the Society of Authors.

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