April 5, 2009

Edith Brück: “Pretty Soon”

Posted in Poetry at 12:21 pm by The Lizard Queen

Pretty Soon

Pretty soon
when people hear a quiz show expert
talk about Auschwitz
they’ll ask themselves if they would have guessed
that name
they’ll comment on the current champion
who never gets dates wrong
and always guesses the number of dead.
Yawning sleepily
they’ll say maybe they would have preferred
Greco-Roman history
to these Jews
who have always gotten themselves talked about:
they really attract persecution.

—Edith Brück
(Translated by Ruth Feldman)


1 Comment »

  1. Nia said,

    The truth is, with the current news on Gaza I can’t help seeing second and third meanings in every mention of the Holocaust. 😦

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