Kitasono Katue – Poems (trans. John Solt)

Night Mechanist (1924)

the café girl
is completely transparent
continuing her pink breathing
she makes her expensive finger shine
and hides mint-colored talk
in a lobelia leaf
while playing the table’s piano
dreamer of chairs and curtains
bohemian of a pitiful city.
———————————
from the shadow of curacao
and peppermint
she flashes a seven-colored heart
seducer with stunning matches
on stove chimneys
ties passion ribbons
and dissolves her lovers
into cash register buttons—
mechanist of splendid night

from Human Dismantled Poems (1926)

HEAD

on the back of the face
insert a blue lens
and peep everyday
———————
Calmness

NOSE

burn sulphur
and weird smoke fills it up
a triangular ornament
tinplate nose
twist it
stuff a brush inside
and drag that spiral out from the rear!

Legend of the Airship

One Response to “Kitasono Katue – Poems (trans. John Solt)”

  1. Walter Eggen Says:

    Thx for information.

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