(poem of the day) excerpt from Charenton by Chus Pato [translated from the Galician by Erín Moure]

excerpt from Charenton

Chus Pato [translated from the Galician by Erín Moure] –more poems*

and now the panopticon is a ruin

but never mind for i can imagine the landscape however i want
if a desert, it’ll be a tell
if rich with vegetation, wisteria will grow over the buildings
if in Antarctica, it’ll be a phantasmagoria of ice

some folks (working women, crazies, schoolchildren, poets) still live there, they don’t realize no one guards them

for in times of plenitude, systems of domination don’t pay attention any more to populations, it’s not their job to feed them

it has to do with what you were saying, that “capital is illiterate”

i have to get out:

exit biology, remain in my body

* * *   * * *   * * *

but also: das kapital, no more than a grain of sand in the tempest of the species

*Charenton was a lunatic asylum, founded in 1645 by the Frères de la Charité in Charenton-Saint-Maurice, now Saint-Maurice, Val-de-Marne, France. Wikipedia

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2 thoughts on “(poem of the day) excerpt from Charenton by Chus Pato [translated from the Galician by Erín Moure]

  1. Teresa Cleveland Wendel says:

    Some interesting thoughts in this excerpt. It gave a whole different meaning to the second reading to know that Charenton was a lunatic asylum. And now I’m thinking: how nice to have an asylum if you’re a lunatic. Asylum has beautiful connotations to me.

    • yeltnuh says:

      Yes! I guess it depends on whether it’s where you hide from the world or whether the world pops you in there to hide from you.

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