Cathleen Calbert is the author of two books of poetry: Lessons in Space (University of Florida Press, 1997) and Bad Judgment (Sarabande Books, 1999). She is a professor of English at Rhode Island College, where she directs the Creative Writing program.
凯瑟琳-卡尔伯特是《太空课程》(佛罗里达大学出版社, 1997)和《糟糕的判断》(沙拉班德书局, 1999)两本诗集的作者。她是罗德岛学院英语教授兼创作班主任。
Poet and translator. Under Chinese pen name Laoha, he translates and writes poems both in English and Chinese. He was born in China in 1960 and now lives in Northern Nevada, USA.
In the Beginning
You played Adam to my Eden,
maddening in your love
of articulating meaning,
calling me things, and evaluating.
These are your finest features.
Here's a list of your failings.
I never knew the difference.
Did you despise snow or cherish ice?
So much sun but too much moon.
Was fire wicked and water good?
Or have I got it backwards? I tried,
but you were impossible to talk to.
You labeled the lambs and tigers.
Let there be this. Let there be that.
You eyed a hurricane and gave it
a woman's name. Mine, I believe.
You own the trees while I know
what I knew before I met you:
boulders blowing into clouds,
endless walks, and talking snakes.
Still, my tongue folds on itself.
Describe me as the blue girl,
shoulders softened from seven oceans,
a body you've mapped as history.
Sleeping with a Ghost
Water flooded the seaman's lungs as he fell
to his knees on the beach. They kissed,
then lived swimmingly on coconuts and eggs,
but each day the lady's fingers drummed
on the skin above the bones above his heart
until he left his flesh and said, I'm sorry.
My hands are useless. She worked with this,
erecting small altars, like sugared rosettes,
to lost love and lighting up their palm-tree hut
with the melodrama of Catholic candles.
She didn't know she was sleeping with a ghost,
licking the invisible and opening her legs
to the air as sand formed stars on her back.
She murmured to the memory of his ear
how the one who was saved was her savior.
She didn't know she was living alone
until the tide rose, the moon rolled away,
his ship surfaced and skittered out to sea.