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Doowop晚餐

为了纪念Eldaros的David Antrel和Ray Green, and for Bobby Green
 

    信号开始然后变暗
construction. And     near
to the heart of it    / to the songs
kids made hearts on
and promises     : I'm     ( earlier ) out --
in rain     -- about
像雨一样大    -- bringing
some     branches
down     / blades down
on
one man's rolling
meditation.

    And     -- if it's 1958     -- if I believe
there's more
比上学还快    -- in hoops
/ lined floors
和Kiwanis赞助的硬式棒球-
there will be stools
to spin     -- tables and booths
/ pinball and chrome
where    the kids    are
/ and
kids    commit
to listen

    with formica to tap     / booth jukes
till     the taps     locate
准备的知识    : sneaking
to      名望    some nights --
from     homework     traded     away
imagining     -- creating
some other place     -- where     moonlight
spills     on     spiral-bound
和活页涂鸦    -- taking
一个梦想的孩子-
and     taking     dreams away
from Latin --
to     Sheaffer's     on Court
or Uncle Jim's
on     North Kirkpatrick
/ to     five-
for-a-quarter     plays
on
chrome-accented
lurid
Wurlitzers.

 

*
 

    如果天黑了    -- and voices
call me out     -- there's
music     -- pleased as love     -- finding its way
直到抽烟和吃药
失去了力量。一世    think     how
we missed sixteen     / how
light would inflect      the ways we looked
站起来数了数-
examining     / profane     -- attracted
by     lines     of sax
并通过欲望的抽象-
/ and     amused
maybe     -- when an arm
and     gears
laid     wax down
as     boys
counted.

 

*
 

    但是谁会想到欲望
和更多的狂喜孤独
/惊喜能持续到下个世纪吗?
现在谁在怀疑-
早晨的歌声和灯光错位
the early thunder     -- how
all that the kids     -分阶段感到高兴-
knew of contracts     -- could     be
随距离改变    / by this humor say
/ by this diner     and     mixed crowd
谁能在五十年代拍摄?    -- finally
simplified     -孩子们在路上
to grades     -被一些老猫逗乐了
memories     -而且现在夸张地说-
像账单一样永恒    -- as     roadsters
and recordings     -- as this music
玩了半个世纪的早餐
起初以可笑的方式打击他们    -- and
again     (经过深思熟虑)    as comedy --
带来这些黑色和棕色
和更苍白的猫在一起    -可以说
/ in     places     they had not ever
dreamt to be     -当这样的音乐
是他们第一个梦的线索-
and     dreamlives     spent themselves --
未来的冒险    -- ever
and    ever     ahead     -- in '57 / '58 --
2020 may be     -- at     the edge
of space     / and at the ends
of missile crises.

 

*
 

    Antrel's :     cash     impetus     show
and     storytime -
two sets     or three     as     friends
come by
and     take direction     -- parents
of children now
and     even     older statesmen
/ playing
themselves     the flux
and     ( always )
shifting con-
stants.

 

*
 

    爱和钟声。车轮和音乐。
曾几何时。我们是
部分     of the loveliness     / the conscripted
or     galactic     tours of duty --
lifted from Chi     or     say     from southern
California     -- from
Cleveland     or     "da Burgh"     -- where
regional counts    -- and    regional's
我们幽默感的来源   -- source
of these sounds
他们在自己的角落适应情绪-
1956    / 2002 --
when Harlem    The Bronx    and Huff
and    Syracuse    / when
科特兰大道和北萨利纳
run together
/ Power    Memorial
/ Assumption
Catholic    / North Hills
and
   El Monte.

 

*
 

   Blind    -- or legally --    and    opening
the womb    before
you'd    heard    弹球或Wurlitzers-
doesn't he love
the sounds    -- the pause    when
arms and gears
去做生意   -- and    the voices
begin    -- the odysseys
refiguring    space    until he's seeing --
as old as he is
when asked    -- older and patient
as he tells it --
thinking    how    one young doc
and he
祈祷他会保持自己的远见
and    -- more
than he maybe    -- enjoyed
the light
/ street songs    -- and
the
hours    listening
kept    two
occupied.

 

*
 

   "No wonder    the two jukes    -- one
stacked with 45s --
and    the genius    in morning brews    / in
evening booths    pondering
their endgames    -一张装有CD的唱片-
bring all of them    -- as if
I could say    what life had been    -- B.C.
and earlier    -- as if    -- blind
and black    -- I'm    Ray    or    Stevie
/ Lemon Jefferson    -- I'm
anyone to ask    -- if days were more
比定量点-
stranger to Dave    than kids
with gizmos
in their pockets    / than
this century    their
layering
accents    mean
to tell..."

 

*
 

   "记住角落和学校弯腰
/ the courts    where    worlds
could begin    to our surprising    -- and
声音使陌生人变成现实-
由营地改变   / transfers    -- by
breakfast plates    and one man's
有很多感觉   -- by this doctoring
let's say    / these    scribbled
俄亥俄州东部的床单   -- condensing
to notes    no one
构想于五十七   -- from which
the kids go on    / Antrel
goes on    -- in lines    / in    feeling
almost local    -- and
几乎感觉良好   -- some days
在八十年代后期   --
when    nobody    thought
他们曾经写过
like the old days    -- or
carry lines
by heart    / across
the cusp
of
centuries."

 

*
 

    有点像过去   after all --
invited    to mind again
和几个感恩节   -- Antrel
/ Holmes    -- and    these
who refuse    /不会被虚构-
lip-syncing groups
and live    -- perfecting    their work
for    this
以及其他所有比赛   -- until     it's
本地    -- all of it --
桥接的位置   -- and histories
只是为了到达这里的旅行
a blind man    / poet    / massive
veteran -- measured
by the songs    coins called
and every    current sense
/ and finding
what    race    had been
/ what
the    beginnings
of     light
and     habits
always
were.

 

*
 

    "某天早上灯到灯   -- getting
up and packed
并为当天的事情着装-
from shadows
to darkness    / light    -- then    up
three steps     -- key
slipped    / turned    -- then    steps
into the Diner    -- with
a dime maybe   -- three bills --
and thinking
乔·比恩(Joe bean)
到某个地方
safe
/ to    breakfast
listening."

 

*
 

    Then Antrel    / Holmes    -- and somebody
new     ( he thinks )
a    foil     for the blind man     -- lifetimes
from     blocks
所有音乐开始的地方。 But
what    should    a voice --
then    several voices     -- be to them --
to their ears --
raised now    -- to    streets
where
witness    means
    a     costly
expertise

    饥饿的人表现出来    / the hungry
/正视他们的早餐-
音乐就够了    / too     much
sometimes     -- the     samplings
or pastiche     -- that     might     have
struck     us     once
as science-fiction     -- preferring
the     head     to     heart
    / a     mind
to    these    奈夫斯
that     still
appeal

    relieving     hearts     made up     on love
和爱的纠正-
speaking     for     fifty     say     / sixty
and     more years
/ maybe     twenty     -- married     for years
and once     -- or     blessed
to     be mistaken     -- convinced
or     divorced     or     single
still     -- recalling     the     first
or     wrong --
and     kids     like     these
/ kids
            tugged in
by
their     mothers
for     first
meals.

 

*
 

    So     what     would     the music
say     to     的m?
And     what     will     this     orange glow
be     -- burning
the    dark     away     -- will     voices
like    these     decide --
grounded     -- and     -- head
over     heels     -- sure
with     tricks     for
getting     them
to vinyl?

 

*
 

    音乐现在可以分散注意力    or calls to mind
our comforts     过滤消耗的时间
/随时间流逝或迷失时间,以及孩子们的烦恼-
with overtime     / and     overtime
工厂只在需要时才砍伐    -- until
we are far beyond     -- and Antrel /     Holmes --
带着铃铛宣布每个    --have visited     -- until
我们是强硬还是麻木    and     something else
thereafter     -回忆有多艰难    / how young
/我们被Paragons和Jesters打动了-
and changed     : by Beirut     / Saigon     -- by Seoul
和和平时期的街道    -圣贤训练-
by motorpools     / classrooms     -- nights     when
hits    / when     newly married     seemed
比数字更奇怪    -- 1960
/ '62     -- and just about     retired --
beyond the bothers     minds were
第一次搬家。

 

*
 

    And     tough?  And     Paragons?  Black
and Hispanic kids?  And
maybe     this Pittsburgh     kind of guy --
这一天干的时候在这里-
waiting for light     he prays     to spill down
on the car show?  It's all an Impala
asks of him     -- his     since     the days
when Jesters     / when     Crows
and     Chords     and     Paragons     -- that
Chedwick     kind of stuff
defined the airways     -- called
up     his old man's
pleas     -- some     choices
besides the silence
/ listening.

 

*
 

    But     -现在在晚餐中-    steady
or nimble enough     -- how tough --
    如果不熟悉键盘-
these thirty or so     -- who     take
    their being here     for granted     -- while
this blind man     / vet
    remember    times besides     -- when
kids like these     claimed blocks --
    alleys mid-block     and     display-ways in
where voices echoed     / lamp-posts
    and     "turf"     we'd said     were ours
and     really meant it     -- while
    darkest     and     island accents     mixed
/ and     "the turf"     was ours --
    so long as     codes and     cops allowed --
as gains     and losses were
    / bars     emptying     -- and     blocks --
强调文化    -- and
    到处都是距离    -- lessened
a little     by     the music --
    voices     that rocked     -- and     love
/ love     lost /     and     love --
    as     clear     as     lyrics     seemed
in their unfolding     / as
    minds     -- so long     as coffee
comes around     -- warms
    what's     left     / or     on
the edge     / or     just
    beginning.

 

*
 

    Poignant     / paramount     -- carried for years
in lives     drawn     from street corners
to airtimes     -- even     this ageless     Holmes --
recalling     that     first scotch --
that     girl group    和他们的主唱     -- then
some     bad hair     rubber-shoed
rain-mused     white kid     with his note-pad --
joining     her 辐射     to start
a second set     with his own lyrics
/ off-key     -- and so     -- as
several     voices clarify
/ cuminate     in sweet
and sweeter still
epiphanies

    : iced slopes     / plateaus     -- that personal
一旦     -- begun    in conversations
with the music     - begun     in some thoughts --
some complications     / and the lyrics     --
装饰工变暗    -作为正确的故事
indicates     -- and     so many deaths
您会认为这首歌不可能-
这几个声音在说话
因为有一个自动点唱机-
直到我们为自己鼓掌    -- we
pay     our homage
to the rhythms     / beating
that     one thing
sensible.

 

*
 

    Five     / five-thirty     -- dragging     some days
or pumped     -- pouring     some old stuff
out     -开创新局面    / then     slicing
辣椒和洋葱切块    -- setting up
pies     for these     -- a half     /一刻钟后
tipping in     -- deciding fortunes
with some jokes    -鸡蛋三明治福尔摩斯
already has in mind     -- thinking     "Once
upon a Love"     -- when     we     相信
ourselves     -- and     ( always )
in sweet chances     -- the ways     we do
when     voices     count on
one another     -- well     enough
to guess
the thought     another's
working on.

    然后有弯路    / round-trip bills
和婴儿仍然要付钱    -- cats
urged to pack     -- hurried away     / hurried back --
承担自己    and     crafting
certain versions     杰拉尔德和福尔摩斯    -- Arlene
and Lilian     -伯爵,玛格和克雷夫-
黎明以来的维托和赫伯    -- among new cats
and regulars     -- remembering
裂痕/黑暗    / the windows ruined
by thrown stuff     -世界lur绕
and lost     -- while     the kids     snuck out
听听当地人的魅力街舞-
分担老人的痛苦-
但只是那么多    -- since
there were stars     for them
/ and     lyrics     -- even
there     -- for them
to     count
on.

    So     where     should we look     besides
the "Moonlight"     for our angels?
And     what     故事应该是    -- behind
铬,玻璃和裂缝
protesting     breakfasts     -- poured out upon
冲动的冲动?    Whatever
变成了四十五岁    / became     of the steps
天主教孩子叫威利叔叔-
成为了被寻找和发现的部分-
divorced     -- and     ( three times )
bitterly     -- removed     from     the kids
since     she     could not abide
his transfer     -好像他问过
for all of it     -- this
far from air     where     figures
stood     -- where
the walls     were     一旦 -
and     walls     were
soon
to follow?

 

*
 

    如果他们是更好的听众    -- better
毕竟读者!但
现在是台阶和针脚。和    voices
( she thinks )     mean Holmes
followed     by the Gulf vets     -- healings
中央     to     every story
told     -- explaining     the pick-ups
/ summer     leagues
/ the third-shift    stints
and
kids    imploding
on
narcotics

    /这些最黑,最棕色,最苍白的孩子
in sync     -- better
than     riches     / risks     -- treatment
in extremes    -- the     bitter
and     better parts     -- when    jobs
and cash     -- when
每一次呼吸都短促    of homes
you might believe in
/ the     looks     of careers
( you think )
ripped     short
and
clarified.

 

*
 

     歌曲参与    / occasion
meditation     -- and     every
breath     -- when     quarters     drop --
当天才的颜色绽放时
精心设计的早餐!所以
he's     ( earlier )     come
to think of it     -- gathering     the cups
the night staff
left for gathering     -- and     getting out
pies     in time
( or just about )     for regulars --
the     earliest     voices
earlier     -- arriving     with nods
and moods
/ day jobs    to put behind
and     provocations
/ bowling     and     always
bowling
scores to count on
and    night
classes!

    No     wonder     then     -- as     close
as heart     / and     near
as love idealized     -- leaving     these     cups
to clear away     / stories
of streets     he's     felt     for     weeks
were     due
for changes     -- from     the first words
that    made
the     awful distance     bearable --
the     daybright
and animated briefs     -- nursed
news     / triple    shots
of     juice
( he thinks )    -- minded
to
cut the slippery
back.

 

*
 

    想象一下那个花园巢    -- the rabbit
年轻     a large dog     plundered --
dying one by one     -作为五月的最后机会
霜邀请讲     : then
夏日迷失的粉蓝色     -- even
as dreams     -- as     skills
( hard-worked )     / the     sharpening
同样的劝阻
haunt some     -- who     leave
早餐后-
or     half-plates
anyway

    /未来期货    -- hands     full
并帮助自己
/轻拂路灯迷糊的黑暗
seemed to sponsor     -- proving
again     that     你经历了什么
left you whole     -- whole --
or     close enough     -- the way
you see yourself --
waiting     for     summer stars
/ inspecting
the tailpipes     / the     under
-the-hood     hardware
/ and     turquoise
panels     and
interior.

 

*
 

    那又是四分之一乔     / another     side
of fries     / of century --
springtime     and     phlox     -- and     thoughts
of     summer leagues     and improvs --
of this     ( green backed )     violet     at the edges
of turned fields     -- and     hearing
his old man's     voice     again     -- "nobody     sleeping
( soundly )     -- with     all     that     球拍
at the lamp-posts"     -- stuff     that     was     almost
something once     值得下注-
counted     in quarters     out     -- coaxing     a man
(和父亲一样老)    through dreams --
另一个午夜或半点     -- stuff     you would
赌一次    -- after     the laced
and stupid boots    -- and     four years     anywhere --
moved by some needs     you never thought
你会回家    -- that     leave you
晚上流口水    -- unable
to say     / explain     -- to hear     in ticking time --
unless     this is Holmes     come in
from every street   它要去的地方
tapping in     from blocks
/ maps     -- from     any     and every
place     -- where
blinding     walked     before
/ and
的n     behind
    you.

 

*
 

    "说我在照顾我。但是还有谁
would     own this place    -- and
why?     -- observed behind    -- as    real
作为润滑脂包裹物
allow for     -- bringing    the morning world
to form     -- the mind
at its loss     -- chipped cup     -- the news
from Kandahar     -- or     steelie
/ or     cat's eye     -- quarter     plays
that     let     omebody
think he's fixture     -- adding
a breakfast tab     -- or
编写五月的黎明
and
    late     May
clarity.

    No wonder     these Penguins     Satins
Saints! And     shift-work --
who'd have thought     / thought     otherwise --
或现在这些桶    -- slowing
a man    in lanes     the city's     widening --
Bonnevilles     and     pools
/ day-ending     balloon rides     / barbecues?
Who     would     have thought?
And     how?  And     how     would you
like yours     Ray?
And     how     shall     the breakfasts
heal     -- if     you
找到一种命名方式    -- beyond
the range
of     innocent     / and
the range     of
    doctored
lines?

    Coaching us     nonetheless     -- through
blues     and     相互庆祝-
Antrel's    the tune-man     still     -- bringing
the day     / the dark
its shapes     -- as even     a few lines will --
or     moving     points
that     on their own     cooperate     -- Antrel --
Doctor Dave     -- self-medicated --
marred by his needs     -- when medicine's
unable     -- and     Holmes --
and     vets     -- these kids     -- too     young
and     veteran     -- agreeing
意思是他们的部分的单词    -- until
the mind     and     heart
/ the schoolgrounds     seem     altogether
now     -- that
serious stuff     you spent     so many
afternoons on --
imagining     一生的爱-
while     texts
and classes     waned     -- to
sheer
and     ( then! )     more
    sheer
irrelevance.

  

罗伯特·利兹 是八种已出版诗集的作者,其中包括 林德伯格半个世纪, 风暴服务西方生意后。最近的工作已经发表在 伊斯坦布尔文学评论,匹兹堡季刊在线,诗意 百合 。同时,他一直积极写作,并探索他对数字摄影和图像处理的兴趣 以及它们与他诗歌发展的关系。

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