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Carlotta Rokita


Biography

Carlota Rokita was born in Petersburg, Virginia. She has lived in Vienna since 1960, where she teaches English, translates and writes. At the Schule für Dichtung in Wien she has studied with Ed Sanders, Anne Waldmann and Jerome Rothenberg. In 1995 she joined Labyrinth and has participated in numerous performances. Her work has appeared in the Woodstock Journal and in subdream.

Poem

  • Pentecost Roses

    What strange messenger are you,
    on crutches,
    shuffling toward the shack
    where new wine's sold ?
    What uniform is that -
    stained tweed jacket,
    workman's overalls,
    muffler in June
    twisted round a scrawny neck ?
    And then your face -
    blurred features,
    stubble chin,
    eyes deep in sockets -
    what sort of face
    for someone who'd convey
    news of importance ?
    Why you of all men ?
    Why in your hands
    the flowers which proclaim
    a restless wind
    and tongues of flame ?
    How is it you come to bear,
    clenched in fuchsia glory
    between palm and crutch,
    the mystical blossoms,
    the Pentecost Roses ?

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