Landscape with Figures Partially Erased
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Landscape with Figures Partially1 Erased2
D. A. Powell

First, it's just the faces disappearing.
Because, deflected3(偏离的) , as the faces long have been,
with their hunched4(缩成一团的) trunks(中继线,运动短裤)
and mercilessly(残忍地) twisted necks,
they can only be regarded from a ground's-eye view.

The bellwort tips its fallow head down
in the hot tomato field. The green snake rests
beneath the green leaves, and the air is toast brown.
Diesel5(柴油机) tractors grind to the road and idle there,
their heads bowed, too, like giant wooden horses
meant to sack an unsuspecting city.
Down come the earthen walls.

My father used to pour libations(饮酒) onto the ground
from the gas pump's nozzle (喷嘴) and I'd swirl6
its iridescence7, respire it into my lung's core,
so woozy, so sick, and awed8 by the vapors9.
Fire beguiled10 me, too. As did the concept of force.

Whole villages burned in a single spritz.
Even now the past gets altered. We forget
because our friends won't suffer that subject again.
Because the students tap their pens uncomfortably,
look around to see if anyone else is taken in.
That's when we figure it's best to make a joke.

I've wandered, now, from the corrugated11 sheds,
with people half in and half out of nuclear range.
My retention12(保留,扣留) of facts is not a silo.
Even if it were, some disrepair gets fallen into.
I like to think we dismantle13 thought
as much as tortuous14(扭曲的,弯曲的) thought dismantles15 us.

I have seen sharp men lose limbs. Women too.
A hand pulled off, conveyed into the hopper(漏斗) .
But these were country matters.
Like frilled silhouettes16(轮廓,影子) of flowering wild carrot,
white against the mackerel white sky,
the texture17 is imperishable(不朽的) , the details

so far off. These bodies: their contours
uncertain. Just a general cast to the light.


1 partially yL7xm     
  • The door was partially concealed by the drapes.门有一部分被门帘遮住了。
  • The police managed to restore calm and the curfew was partially lifted.警方设法恢复了平静,宵禁部分解除。
2 erased f4adee3fff79c6ddad5b2e45f730006a     
v.擦掉( erase的过去式和过去分词 );抹去;清除
  • He erased the wrong answer and wrote in the right one. 他擦去了错误答案,写上了正确答案。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He removed the dogmatism from politics; he erased the party line. 他根除了政治中的教条主义,消除了政党界限。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 deflected 3ff217d1b7afea5ab74330437461da11     
  • The ball deflected off Reid's body into the goal. 球打在里德身上反弹进球门。
  • Most of its particles are deflected. 此物质的料子大多是偏斜的。
4 hunched 532924f1646c4c5850b7c607069be416     
  • He sat with his shoulders hunched up. 他耸起双肩坐着。
  • Stephen hunched down to light a cigarette. 斯蒂芬弓着身子点燃一支烟。
5 diesel ql6zo     
  • We experimented with diesel engines to drive the pumps.我们试着用柴油机来带动水泵。
  • My tractor operates on diesel oil.我的那台拖拉机用柴油开动。
6 swirl cgcyu     
  • The car raced roughly along in a swirl of pink dust.汽车在一股粉红色尘土的漩涡中颠簸着快速前进。
  • You could lie up there,watching the flakes swirl past.你可以躺在那儿,看着雪花飘飘。
7 iridescence t4fxJ     
  • You can see the iridescence on their faces. 你可以看到他们脸上的彩虹色。 来自辞典例句
  • The huge pool of blood in front of her was already assuming the iridescence of coagulation. 她面前那一滩血,已经凝结了起来,显出五光十色。 来自辞典例句
8 awed a0ab9008d911a954b6ce264ddc63f5c8     
adj.充满敬畏的,表示敬畏的v.使敬畏,使惊惧( awe的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The audience was awed into silence by her stunning performance. 观众席上鸦雀无声,人们对他出色的表演感到惊叹。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I was awed by the huge gorilla. 那只大猩猩使我惊惧。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 vapors 94a2c1cb72b6aa4cb43b8fb8f61653d4     
n.水汽,水蒸气,无实质之物( vapor的名词复数 );自夸者;幻想 [药]吸入剂 [古]忧郁(症)v.自夸,(使)蒸发( vapor的第三人称单数 )
  • His emotions became vague and shifted about like vapors. 他的心情则如同一团雾气,变幻无常,捉摸不定。 来自辞典例句
  • They have hysterics, they weep, they have the vapors. 他们歇斯底里,他们哭泣,他们精神忧郁。 来自辞典例句
10 beguiled f25585f8de5e119077c49118f769e600     
v.欺骗( beguile的过去式和过去分词 );使陶醉;使高兴;消磨(时间等)
  • She beguiled them into believing her version of events. 她哄骗他们相信了她叙述的事情。
  • He beguiled me into signing this contract. 他诱骗我签订了这项合同。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
11 corrugated 9720623d9668b6525e9b06a2e68734c3     
  • a corrugated iron roof 波纹铁屋顶
  • His brow corrugated with the effort of thinking. 他皱着眉头用心地思考。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 retention HBazK     
  • They advocate the retention of our nuclear power plants.他们主张保留我们的核电厂。
  • His retention of energy at this hour is really surprising.人们惊叹他在这个时候还能保持如此旺盛的精力。
13 dismantle Vtlxa     
  • He asked for immediate help from the United States to dismantle the warheads.他请求美国立即提供援助,拆除这批弹头。
  • The mower firmly refused to mow,so I decided to dismantle it.修完后割草机还是纹丝不动,于是,我决定把它拆开。
14 tortuous 7J2za     
  • We have travelled a tortuous road.我们走过了曲折的道路。
  • They walked through the tortuous streets of the old city.他们步行穿过老城区中心弯弯曲曲的街道。
15 dismantles 76b0c77ac73c7066bc640cf2a2b1511a     
拆开( dismantle的第三人称单数 ); 拆卸; 废除; 取消
  • This toy machine gun dismantles easily. 这种玩具机关枪很容易拆卸。
  • By contrast, modern scepticism challenges nobody and dismantles only theories of change. 相反,现代的怀疑主义却并不质疑任何人,仅仅摧毁变革理论。
16 silhouettes e3d4f0ee2c7cf3fb8b75936f6de19cdb     
轮廓( silhouette的名词复数 ); (人的)体形; (事物的)形状; 剪影
  • Now that darkness was falling, only their silhouettes were outlined against the faintly glimmering sky. 这时节两山只剩余一抹深黑,赖天空微明为画出一个轮廓。 来自汉英文学 - 散文英译
  • They could see silhouettes. 他们能看得见影子的。
17 texture kpmwQ     
  • We could feel the smooth texture of silk.我们能感觉出丝绸的光滑质地。
  • Her skin has a fine texture.她的皮肤细腻。
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