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macho

macho

I see his face
everywhere:

on tv
in the street

a wooden face
that’s like a wall

without windows
the eyes turned

inward
stalking me.

Sometimes I want
to be him :

wear a new T-Shirt
carefully torn

use the latest drug
drive a Harley

turn on
a leather girl

fit her to me
like a glove.

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…………………………

macho

Je vois son visage
partout:

à la télé
dans la rue

son visage de bois
comme un mur

sans fenêtres
les yeux tournés

vers l’intérieur
me suivant.
Quelquefois je veux
être lui:

porter un tee-shirt neuf
soigneusement déchiré

prendre la drogue en vogue
conduire une Harley

allumer
une fille en cuir

la mettre sur moi

comme un gant.
…………………………….

1999
Traduction:Françoise Parouty
Publlié: Phréatique, 1999; Tarabuste, 2007

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2 Responses to “macho”

  1. Felix Says:

    I think this is a master piece. Very intellectual and thought provoking. However one may ask what inspired you to write this poem. I will make a proposal for my students to learn it.
    Thanks.

  2. Sanford Says:

    Thank you Felix very much for such a generous compliment. In brief, Macho was inspired by Marlon Brando in the film “On the Waterfront,” in which his eyes were often turned inward as if he were stalking himself.
    Sanford

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