Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sam Blowsnake, "Peyote Vision," trans. Jerome Rothenberg from a trans. by Paul Radin

            tried drinking coffee
                        i would spill it
would see great snakes
                        would cry out & get up
                        raise my cover & look around
                        had someone called me?
when the wind blew
                                    i heard singing
            people were spitting
            loudly i couldn’t sleep
would see things happening in a distant country
ghosts on horseback drunk
five or six of them were on one horse
the song they sang was
“even i
                        gotta die
                                                bye & bye
            so what’s the use of anything
                                    I think”
later we used to sing it as a drinking song
lots of times

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