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Glenday, John: Konzerva (Tin in Serbian)

Portre of Glenday, John

Tin (English)

(the can opener was invented
forty-eight years after the tin can)
When you asked me for a love poem,
(another love poem) my thoughts
were immediately drawn to the early days
of the food canning industry –
all those strangely familiar trade-names from childhood:
Del Monte, Green Giant, Fray Bentos, Heinz.
I thought of Franklin and his poisoned men
drifting quietly northwest by north
towards the scooped shale of their graves
and I thought of the first tin of cling peaches
glowing on a dusty pantry shelf
like yet-to-be-discovered radium –
the very first tin of cling peaches
in the world, and for half a century
my fingers reaching out to it.



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Source of the quotationhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/books

Konzerva (Serbian)

(otvarača konzervi od limenke

48 godina kasnije su izumili)

Kad si me pitala o jednoj ljubavnoj pesmi,

(druga ljubavna pesma) odmah sam

u okviru prehrambene industrije

na rane dane izrade konzervi mislio –

sve poznate marke, još iz doba mog detinjstva:

Del Monte, Green Giant, Fray Bentos, Heinz.

U mislima mi Franklin* i njegovi otrovani mornari

u njihovim grobovima od šupljih škrilaca

tiho sa severozapada na sever plovili

i pretpostavljam da je prva konzerva do čega

im je stalo breskva bila, poput neotkrivenog radija

je sjala na prašnjavoj polici kletke –

na svetu prva željena konzerva

breskve prema kojoj već

pola stoleća prste pružam.

 

*Između 1845–48 britanska ekspedicija Sir John Franklina tragajući za severozapadnim prolazom na severnom polu tragično se završila.



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Source of the quotationhttp://feherilles.blogspot.hu

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