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    Winner of the 2009-2010 AWP Intro Journals Project,
    selected by Lynn Powell

Stepping off the bus from Magherafelt,
           I feel my ass1 pinched(压紧,痛苦) by a boy not yet
out of junior school and, deposited
           all alone, am greeted by a quartet(四重奏)

of smells: cows, cowshit, stagnant2 water(积水,死水) , peat(泥煤,泥炭) .
           Steeple-led, I stroll to the Catholic church
but don't find Heaney marked on any graves.
           The roots of blackberry bushes winch(绞车,曲柄)

up the path; I scrape by branches clotted3
           with berries that are ripe but sour.
On to the street of the town. There's an inn,
           a Chinese takeaway, a twenty-four-hour

eatery(小饭馆) where once-frozen foods sizzle(发嘶嘶声) 
           in the tired deep-fryer, a pub—always
there is the pub and its patrons(赞助人,老顾客) . I speak
           to no one, am stared at, watch the gray

sky become more gray, the rain elongate(拉长,延长) 
           to needles on its way to the ground.
Here, the scholars must climb from hired cars,
           ask, "Here?" and decide from looking around,

"God no, this can't be the place." I know
           this is the place. Home of no beauty, lit
by no sun, he claimed it. And still now,
           there's no beauty except what he gave it.


1 ass qvyzK     
  • He is not an ass as they make him.他不象大家猜想的那样笨。
  • An ass endures his burden but not more than his burden.驴能负重但不能超过它能力所负担的。
2 stagnant iGgzj     
  • Due to low investment,industrial output has remained stagnant.由于投资少,工业生产一直停滞不前。
  • Their national economy is stagnant.他们的国家经济停滞不前。
3 clotted 60ef42e97980d4b0ed8af76ca7e3f1ac     
adj.凝结的v.凝固( clot的过去式和过去分词 )
  • scones and jam with clotted cream 夹有凝脂奶油和果酱的烤饼
  • Perspiration clotted his hair. 汗水使他的头发粘在一起。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
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