iron ore dust
our clothes smell of iron ore dust
like the open belly of a mountain
someone stabbed you more than
a while ago
a while ago
and someone stabbed me
come to me with your wounds
these books were once fresh
like your mind
like your body before labeled
by the black and white fingerprints
by men without memories
by men in sweaty underwear
about Andrej Karšai
Clearly "committed a crime" by virtue of birth in 1942. "Certain" birth certificates meant deportation and deportation meant annihilation. The titles Iron Ore Dust and Long Run address that part of history.
Andrej immigrated to Canada in September 1968, after "true friend" Soviet Union truly invaded Czecho-Slovakia to prevent an attempt at democratization. Suddenly the free world opened up for Andrej with its wide scale of opportunities and possibly a wider scale of trappings. He understood neither. The titles Blue Thirst and Positional Saves are glimpses into the excitement and also disappointment of relationships and friendships.
When looking outside and around even today, he is easily frustrated and/or downright skeptical, which is evident in Asphalt Tongue. Side Effects are benign observations, kind of a breather one can get from "one a day cartoon".
Long Run was first published in the Slovak language in Slovakia in a Lutheran weekly newspaper Evanjelický Posol Spod Tatier under the title Dlhý Beh. The English version of Long Run and some other poems were published in Zachor. Spring Delivery was published in Success including a translation into Mandarin.
about Janet Lee