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Barbara Ungar

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Painlandia and Other Poems, by Barbara Ungar

in Poetry by
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Painlandia

Language is the only homeland.
—Czeslaw Milosz

you want only to escape,
barefoot, schlepping

your bundle. If you’re lucky
and do, you lose the lingo

we all want only to forget.
Cross the border and no one

gets that primitive tongue
that sounds to them like barking

or moaning. Who could guess
the tenderness of its ten thousand

untranslatable ways of saying
Feel.

P comes from the 3,000-year-old Phoenician and Semitic sign pe, mouth.

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