Fall 2010


Anhedonia

“You must understand, it is difficult for me to die.”
“And it is easy for us to go on living?”

   — Bukharin/ Stalin, Plenum of the Central Committee, 1937
 
Or maybe the other way around;
I’ve lost the thread:
Something about Evil Days, Evil Ways,

Business as usual,
The kids, their schools
And the Infernal Machine.

Difficult it is, regardless of what
Is said or put to writing
In the end.

Say we do as we please — tacit approval
Of a faulty transcription, sentence
Taken down, in a kind of rapture.

BILL BERKSON

 

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from Zéro de Conduite by Jean Vigo (1933)