Kludsky Circus, Seat No. 461, by Srečko Kosovel

11 March 2012

Circus.
Gallery.
Seat No. . . .
Colombine
undresses, undresses.
Everyone watches.
No one sees
how she’s hauled up
by her teeth.
Already at the top.
Spicy remarks.
Shameful laughter.
Now she drops the last veil.
They watch her,
devouring her tender body
with their eyes.
They applaud.
She has beautiful thighs.
Undulating breasts.
They applaud
mocking her pain,
shaming her.
You see: the animal
applauds the human.
The human is animal.
The animal is human.
The latch snaps.
The lions rage.

[From from Look Back, Look Ahead: The Selected Poems of Srečko Kosovel, translated from the Slovenian by Ana Jelnikar and Barbara Siegel Carlson. Published after a facsimile of the manuscript, with the circus ticket still stuck to it.]

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