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SUE LITTLETON: The Ears
KINGA FABO : Charms, discounted

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Kinga Fabó 
The Ears 

As if my ears were the sacraments, a crowd appears, appears before them. Lucky I have nice big ears. Deep and hollow. The hip and breast sizes are coming. Here comes the lonely one. She wants my husband. Here comes the housewife. She's married, frigid. When she doesn't come, she learns languages, travels. The lesbian? Doesn't come at all. Though I would seduce her. If nothing comes of it, my Ears would perk themselves. (Big as they are.) Feminine women I don't invite on principle. Nor any men. I go to them. But all they want is my ears. And the mouths? Nonstop talkers. And my ears? My ears are mute. I change only my earrings from time to time. My ears are mine.

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KINGA FABO
Charms, discounted

Pungent, yellow – seven rays. Hits the eyes. Piercing stench. It is being sterilized. "Act natural!" Secondhand clothes by the kilo. Across the Chinese market and below led by the coloured smell of poverty. The rubber. A condom failure. Use, toss, and let there be heady odorous-orgy. Wealth – is in unconscious pleasure. Holding out another measure. A flashy skirt – perhaps. But as the eye runs down the thighs it’s clear, my tights were bought last year. A ladder in the fabric. As though it were the brand. A streak remains, a stitch unravelled by your gaze.

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Kinga Fabo, Hungarian poet, 'The Ears' translated by Michael Castro and Gábor G. Gyukics.

KINGA FABO 'Charms, discounted'translated by Owen Good, finishing touches by Kinga Fabó.


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