By Eric Gamalinda
Eric Gamalinda's Amigo conflict is a gorgeous meditation on identification and the methods we connect to ourselves, with one another, and with the realm: Grief is a country of every person a rustic borderless. Gamalinda's voice soars and swoops via miraculous, heartbreaking language, providing convenience amid the grief all of us proportion. In Gamalinda's poems, we're on their lonesome, jointly.
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64 Ceremony, after Kiarostami Where she departs there will be no strawberries to carry home. No women who will scar their faces so she won’t miss this earth still new to suffering, this morning so early and green. The fields are ripe as butter. Perched on the roofs, light proclaims the unfamiliar world. It’s said that the good pass on, but inferno is everything we can’t let go, eternal remembering. The road curves uphill to the sun. The country is radiant and wide. May my passing be as bountiful.
You might think I’m making this up, but this morning she told me, Money is the most beautiful object in the world. She’s looking for something to believe in, beyond the obvious that’s too bright, too close to see. Dear Eric, he writes, I run to you only when I’m on the verge of disintegrating. Summer in the tropics is all Lent, all repentance and resurrection, and I’m sick of it. She sticks her thumbs into the scabbed stigmata of my hands. I feel no pain. She tells me war is inescapable. You must bomb a few towns if you want peace.
And we have nothing to declare. For Agha Shahid Ali 52 The Remembered World The songs that bid the refugee farewell, the songs that bid the conqueror to stay resemble one another. Mahmoud Darweesh Half the people love, half the people hate. And where is my place between such well-matched halves? Yehuda Amichai 1 Some of us are born in the year of the dollar, some in the year of the gun. But there must be a season no one has weapons or currency for, in which the smallest voices still give praise to rain.