Category Archives: Not My Poetry

Caveat: después de muchos años

EL INVENTOR DE LAS METÁFORAS… El inventor de las metáforas se parece al duende de los gatos metiéndose a media noche por la boca abierta de los niños para fabricar sus sueños con pesadillas. El inventor de las metáforas saborea … Continue reading

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Caveat: 보았던 거니까 like dejavu

지금 듣고있는 것.  보이콜드, “Youth!” This song is the most completely, fully bilingual bit of Khiphop (Korean hip hop) that I’ve run across. Completely at ease in both languages, with constant code-switching. 가사. Yeah, alright, I’ll go… I’m trynna … Continue reading

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Caveat: Slow advancing, halting, creeping

She Walketh Veiled and Sleeping She walketh veiled and sleeping, For she knoweth not her power; She obeyeth but the pleading Of her heart, and the high leading Of her soul, unto this hour. Slow advancing, halting, creeping, Comes the … Continue reading

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Caveat: thy greatness and thy coldness too

A Hymn to the Moon Thou silver deity of secret night,Direct my footsteps through the woodland shade;Thou conscious witness of unknown delight,The Lover’s guardian, and the Muse’s aid!By thy pale beams I solitary rove,To thee my tender grief confide;Serenely sweet … Continue reading

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Caveat: blind, we follow / rain slant

Coda A strong song towsus, long earsick.Blind, we followrain slant, spray flickto fields we do not know. Night, float us.Offshore wind, shout,ask the seawhat’s lost, what’s left,what horn sunk,what crown adrift. Where we are who knowsof kings who supwhile day … Continue reading

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Caveat: Finaliza septiembre

Hora de la ceniza Finaliza septiembre. Es hora de decirtelo difícil que ha sido no morir. Por ejemplo, esta tardetengo en las manos griseslibros hermosos que no entiendo,no podría cantar aunque ha cesado ya la lluviay me cae sin motivo … Continue reading

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Caveat: me queda la palabra

EN EL PRINCIPIO Si he perdido la vida, el tiempo, todolo que tiré, como un anillo, al agua,si he perdido la voz en la maleza,me queda la palabra. Si he sufrido la sed, el hambre, todolo que era mío y … Continue reading

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Caveat: stony hearts will bleed

Discipline Throw away thy rod, Throw away thy wrath: O my God, Take the gentle path. For my heart’s desire Unto thine is bent: I aspire To a full consent. Not a word or look I affect to own, But … Continue reading

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Caveat: he ahí los tatuajes de mi castillo

Fatiga Marcho día y nochecomo un parque desolado.Marcho día y noche entre esfinges caídas de mis ojos;miro el cielo y su hierba que aprende a cantar;miro el campo herido a grandes gritos,y el sol en medio del viento. Acaricio mi … Continue reading

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Caveat: the twilight of such day

Sonnet 73 That time of year thou may'st in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hangUpon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. In me thou see'st … Continue reading

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Caveat: This ain’t for the best

Being in the US again is weird, sometimes. I have a bit of reverse culture shock. Seeing US television and flipping through radio stations as I drive my rental car can be slightly disorienting. This song was on a radio … Continue reading

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Caveat: de qué sirvió mi fuerte sombra mía

RETROSPECTIVA EXISTENTE Me registro los bolsillos desiertospara saber dónde fueron aquellos sueños.Invado las estancias vacíaspara recoger mis palabras tan lejanamente idas.Saqueo aparadores antiguos,viejos zapatos, amarillentas fotografías tiernas,estilográficas desusadas y textos desgajados del Bachillerato,pero nadie me dice quién fui yo. Aquellas … Continue reading

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Caveat: Sometimes I lay Under the moon

This heartwarming little video appeared in my facebook feed the other day (h/t my own dad – heh). Given that I'm recently returned to facebookland, despite ambivalences, right? I was curious about the song's provenance, because it seemed a good, … Continue reading

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Caveat: I’m an apostrophe

As mentioned before, we have this thing at Karma called "CC" class – a somewhat opaque name for what are essentially focused listening exercises using English-language pop songs. Mostly, these days, I can proudly say that my initiative to have the … Continue reading

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Caveat: a high-end graveyard

Untitled Dear Empire, I am confused each time I wake inside you. You invent addictions. Are you a high-end graveyard or a child? I see your children dragging their brains along. Why not a god who loves water and dancing … Continue reading

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Caveat: mi otro medio corazón

Cárcel La media puesta de soltiñe con su grana de oromi otro medio corazón. – Juan Ramón Jiménez (poeta español, 1881-1958) [daily log: walking, 7km]

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Caveat: Poem in which…

Poem in Which I Only Use Vowels Poem in which I have wisdom.Poem in which I have a father.Poem in which I care.Poem in which I am from another country.Poem in which I Spanish.Poem in which flowers are important.Poem in … Continue reading

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Caveat: Mi vida empieza desde adentro

This is a scheduled (automated) blog post, which will go through in the event I'm lacking an internet connection tomorrow when I might normally post. What I might be hypothetically listening to – I'm really into that oldschool Mexican hip-hop … Continue reading

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Caveat: harta de sentir

Lo que estoy escuchando en este momento. Control Machete – De Perros Amores. The video is weird, creepy, and borderline NSFW. That said, it's a scene from the eponymous movie for which this song is the title track. La calidad … Continue reading

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Caveat: The best part of my family is…

We were doing short-speech responses to speaking questions. The question was, "Do you like your family, or not? What are the best and worst parts of your family?" 6th grader Jaehyeon, incorporating a very long pause as he groped for … Continue reading

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