Treasure Island

Joseph Brodsky

(24 May 1940 – 28 January 1996 / Leningrad)

Dutch Mistress


A hotel in whose ledgers departures are more prominent than arrivals.
With wet Koh-i-noors the October rain
strokes what's left of the naked brain.
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  • James Frederick (11/11/2008 2:42:00 PM)

    'Morning enters the premises with a coroner's
    punctuality, puts its ear
    to the ribs of a cold radiator, detects sub-zero:
    the afterlife has to start somewhere.'

    What a harsh way to imagine a day beginning (beginning with the end) . Sometimes it is true. (Report) Reply

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