Alguien anda en la escalera de incendios


Editor: El Gaviero (Spanish)
Year: 2008
ISBN: 978-84-935544-8-4
Pages: 89

From the Basque original: Norbait dabil sute-eskaileran. Also available in Dutch Polish

12 old sardines for immediate consumption

A good book of poems should be
like a can of fish.
Fresh and nutritious, a source of phosforus and calcium.
Or a foul-smelling discharge
that sends us running in the other direction,
prisoners of our own panic,
A can of rooten fish and charred heads
with sharp teeth and eyes.
One of two.
And that,
like a good book of poems,
is the way our life should be.

(Translator: Justin Crumbaugh)