Douglas Ovens’ “Schwarzgeburt” is a lament for Hiroshima. Poem by Richard Exner; translation from the German by Richard Exner:
Black Birth Ghastly rupture you lay poised in tight Nessus shirts when on the sixth of the eighth month in forty- five hell was born in heaven above death clogged bridge piers of the Ota, Oh rip tide of black tears whose rain dissolves eyes mouth and skin where are you where heart- disgorged beings? Faces boiled by this sun shredded shedding Downward emitting tongues a ghastly wind Before night came we were naked and nothing but bones On the third day the womb crammed with death tore open once more in heat wide open black bearer.
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