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The Old Testament
Softcover chapbook 28pp
Two suites of ten poems: “Old Testament Voices” and
“The Arrest of Osip Mandelstam”, plus “Letter to Etheridge”:
a moving memorial poem for Etheridge Knight.
J.Kates is a US poet, literary translator, and co-director of the non-profit literary publishing house Zephyr Press. He has published two chapbooks of his own poems: Mappemonde
(Oyster River Press, 2001) and the award-winning Metes and Bounds (Accents Publishing, 2010), in addition to The Old Testament. A former president of the American Literary Translators Association, he has translated several books by Russian and French contemporary poets, and is the
co-translator of three books of Latin American poetry.
Cracking under Pressure
The morning sun slams into my eyes
like a gooseneck lamp in a gangster flick
saying, Talk, Buddy.
Last night I was cuffed and quickmarched
through iron corridors until I woke up.
I need to know my dreams. I need to know
why I wake up bloodshot, my head livid
with the bruise of night
and the Chinese water of birdsong
picking at my brain until I break
© J. Kates 2010