postcard poems from the Americas
Lima cries for Spain.
Spain was a swan in its hands
with a rosy cloaca
and a cock that tasted
Lima cries for Spain.
In Sao Paolo,
a monarch’s fears
Yet few could imagine
the statutory pain
of a marble face
eaten by acid rain.
Boys sell chiclets
Beneath the catholic church,
Beneath Aztec temples,
the savage lake.
A man pastes posters
for a salsa band
at the temple gates.
And your mother, too,
they have raped.
On pillows of Hampshire green,
its father’s breast,
In the cantina,
Panama is drinking.
Every song Havana sings
is a prisoner’s song
from El Morro
with a voice of ballast rum
Havana has much to offer.
Havana has HIV infection.
Havana has a lovely complexion.
Havana offers much of what it has.
Havana has shingles.
Havana has crabs.
Havana has what Havana has.
In La Paz, men whistle. Men bang bangers and crank crankers. They thump and bump.
They rub and hump. They harrumph. When the men speak, they speak only to say, We
men speak very little. Men under their hair handle nuts and bolts like the breasts
of women. They twist clockwise and counter-clockwise fitting things together. Men
tighten things up. Men loosen things off. Men work at women with their hydraulic
couplings. You can see men under pressure, beating within the heads of men. You
can see men in their heads beating men. The soft skulls of men. The soft slick
skulls of men. They could embrace men. They could kill men. Men hold gears to their
teeth like apples or the beautiful tips of cocks. It is hard to take men, there are
so many. Look at these streets in La Paz – covered with men.
A massive steel beam is moved by a crane stenciled with the capital letters IOTA.
A man crouched on his haunches paints a chainlink fence with rust coloured paint.
A woman rinses her mouth with water carried in pipes of copper mined from the open pits of Chuquicamata.
In the smoke from smelter #8, Maria and Co. incorporate.
At a meeting of the syndicata, a Codelco man raises his hand feeling a sudden secondary syphilitic stigmata.
He seconds the pain of Santiago.
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