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Molly Arden

Catullus #25 [translated by Molly Arden]

Catullus # 25

Thallus, you faggot: softer than the fur on a rabbit,

or down of pillow, or flap of ear, or phallus

dangling from your old man crotch, festooned with cobwebs,

are you, and still as greedy a thief as a gonif gale [?]

[line missing here]

Give me back the things you stole from me: my coat,

the handkerchief from Spain, my etchings from Bythinia,

things you claim your parents passed down to you.

Get your sticky hands off my stuff, and send them back

or else I swear I’ll take my rod and kick your ass

and leave my marks on your pathetic body

and make you twist like a toy battleship

in the bathtub of the sea when a hurricane hits.

-- translated by Molly Arden

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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