Linh Dinh: The Difficulties of Poetry

The Difficulties of Poetry

This poem was written underwater,
In a steel bubble, surrounded
By blind and asexual fish.

This poem was composed jointly
By a deaf man and a mute woman,
Two strangers tied together, naked,
In a dusty, abandoned house.

This poem was not written but flung
Onto the tent wall of a field hospital
By a soldier about to die.

This poem was incised in concrete
In sub-freezing temperature,
In complete darkness.

This poem was sketched with tinted dirt.
No, it was transmitted with bird sounds
By a decomposing corpse.

This poem has not been written
Under the best of conditions.
The lamp had a green bias.
The day was overcast.

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