Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2016  Vol. 15 No. 1
an online journal of literature and the arts
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translation from the German by Eric Torgersen

The Dancer

Quite small there on the screen
ladies and gentlemen—
the dancer
she dances wonderfully even for the layman
fabulous stories
of transformation and death
in the theater

I know people who say
what’s this
she should dance
she should move her legs
so that it’s not only beautiful but also
looks controlled
with some knowledge behind it
as dancer and artist
she should stick to her part

My friends are right
how comforting
to express oneself in one’s own discipline
that is complete concentration
look at the ballerina
see her pensive movement
its melancholy resonance
with the minor key
her divinely held pose
see the dancer on the screen
she explains
the world between the news  

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