Ivar Ivask

(1927 - 1992 / Riga)

Second Oklahoma Elegy

Now that is an unusual point of view.
What do you do for a living? I edit
a literary journal, global in scope.
In New York or San Francisco, I assume?
No, in Norman, Oklahoma. But surely
your accent is not Oklahoman! What is it?
Estonian. Really, Estonian? Well,
my father was; my mother was Latvian,
with German the language of home.

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