Nine prominent poets memorialize the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in today’s NYT. Mark Doty writes about an ordinary construction site in his U.S. neighborhood; Russian poet Vera Pavlova contrasts the momentous occasion with her everyday experiences as a mother.
Yusef Komunyakaa writes in “Nostalgia” (my favorite of the bunch):
While the east slept in the arms of the west
each house broke into two divided houses
& concertina rolled out across the dead of night
to cleave a full moon.
Let’s not speak of official good & evil,
but of a man and woman spooning bodies,
knowing what it takes to make love
go through gray concrete brightly.