Seventeen: Outdoors from Approximative Translations

me : that
a small amount
of pain already contains the
answer : slow beat of river & honeymooners tattooed with tire tracks :
the sky shedding clouds like dead skin : streets crumple into brown bags
of homelessness : take for example rotation : take the rifle & point

at the world outside : proof enough that you exist : seventeen
telegraph poles ending in birds : pockets under the soil produce the
language of bones : loneliness & decay methodical as slaves :
the grass shakes with yellow fever :
tell me : where you

Arlene Ang is the author of four poetry collections, the most recent being a collaborative work with Valerie Fox, Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon (Texture Press, 2008). She lives in Spinea, Italy where she serves as staff editor for The Pedestal Magazine and Press 1. More of her work may be viewed at