How Things Happen on Earth and in Time
Dressed in a wrinkled white shirt and jeans,
a meaningful explanation for everything that happened:
the leather coat had belonged to a Gestapo agent,
footsteps along the edge of a canal.
Then came the great surprise:
around this time, too, a seer appeared.
Sex, they agreed, was too wonderful,
the archetypes of human madness and cruelty
weren’t invented by the men of our day.
Despite everything, they had a pleasant day.
The young man covered his face;
the diseased truly bite whose dreams
are far ahead of our dreams (who had never
talked to a woman). He looked at the one
who was masturbating for the hiding place to work
perfectly; the walls were covered with a red quilted
fabric, along a long, dark passageway, back and
forth, as he walked he looked at the buildings.
She repeated that the dead woman had no
identification, except they believed that his methods
and said something into his ear:
it was confirmed that the victim was
but our forebearers. Although there are people
who claim to have seen, he was no longer head
of the publishing house, as if waiting for him.
In other words you think the Penitent is nobody’s fool.
Not only the German press, but also the French,
English, Dutch, and even American, except
Seed Text: 2666, Roberto Bolano
Art by Tim White, “Bring the Jubilee” (1975)