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early modern world

of soggy waffles

and piss pot bread


left to my own devices

sipping tepid beer on

a vinyl padded stool

under pink lights

flamingo loves out

of season palms

avocado paste pudding

with fried potato salad


pickled leather boots

cold from seaweed puddles

and coriander bath


which way is back

to the Chantal Ackerman

            tour bus?

Allison Grimaldi Donahue (b. Middletown, Conn.) the author of Body to Mineral (Publication Studio Vancouver, 2016) and the co-author of On Endings (Delere Press, 2019). She is translator of Carla Lonzi’s Self-portrait (Divided, 2021) and Blown Away (Fomite, 2021) by vito m. bonito. Her writing and translations have appeared in places like The Brooklyn Rail, Words Without Borders, Flash Art, BOMB, NERO and Tripwire, and she has recently performed at Kunsthalle Bern, Cabaret Voltaire, MACRO, MAMbo, the Cross Foundation, and Short Theatre Rome. Her multilingual poetry installation reimaging Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities through the lens of contemporary immigration is presently exhibited at MACTE Termoli. She lives in Bologna, Italy.

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