NUDE OF GLASS
on the blue atmospheric pressure of the sea,
transparent conical figure;
The inner black
of the white
the inner white's
for the time to die.
Immortality's space is corroded.
the reflected image of solitude:
there was a parabola.
an overpass extends.
is a mask of
melted fish bones.
falling into disorder
The inner blinking desire of a glass door
of an underground cavern
in an old cracked castle
while its labyrinth's shadow
to become small segments of wind
How can the world be tranquil?
The man standing on the overpass:
It's barely possible:
Shining from the headlight, Rene Magritte.
There's a boundless desert through
the guy's backside.
Translations by Taylor Mignon
Torii Shozo, poet, publisher of Trap, book designer, and Taoist hermit, died of cancer in 1994. He was a member of the influential group Vou led by Kitasono Katsue. "Negative Scenery," his death poem, appeared in the second issue of Electric Rexroth.
Taylor Mignon's column "Poetry Mignette" appears monthly in Japan Times. Editor of the "Contemporary Writing from Japan" issue of Prairie Schooner (Summer, 1996), he is currently collating and translating material for an anthology of Japanese Avant-Garde and experimental poetry, with the working title Blue Flame.