Taufer Veno:
Open-Air Concert

she with tin legs

hourglass in mouth aquarium in her head

he with all the towns staircases on his back

under his arm a heart that can be wound up or


they open a book and look for a road

to water sky and blossoming grove

where there’s no sweating paper no fumbling eyes

where like in a B picture pretty birds twitter


she opens her legs unlocks the aquarium

starts hunting for fish

he climbs the stairs and winds his heart up


nude bodies drown in sand from the hourglass

fish flick through their veins

with dark designs concealed in their bloody gills

Translated by The author and Michael Scammell