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from the July 2016 issue

ithaca

if you want to journey to ithaca
call ahead
because it looks like everything in ithaca
is full
restaurants, bars
cheap hotels
pricey hotels
you can't travel to the ionian sea anymore 
without reservations 
and the ten-hour trip
feels like ten years
stopping in egypt?
don't even think about it
and the duty-free shops are full
of perfumes you can buy
with a credit card.
your whole life you've wanted 
to visit greece
it was a childhood dream
conceived in adulthood
france, italy: adultery
(an adult thing?
I don't hear an answer)
fine if you want to go to ithaca
ask a cousin
to loan you euros and go to ithaca
it's cheaper to go to the isle of comandatuba
but they say the blue of the sea
is not the same.
send some emails
from the local cybercafés
who sends postcards anymore?
send digital photos
roast in the sun
bring hipoglos
in ithaca you'll understand
the use 
of hipoglos.

 

From Um útero é do tamanho de um punho © 2012 by Angélica Freitas. By arrangement with the author. Translation © 2016 by Hilary Kaplan. All rights reserved.

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