City That Does Not Sleep

"Careful! Be careful! Be careful!"
The men who still have marks of the claw and
the thunderstorm,
and that boy who cries because he has never heard of the invention of the bridge,
or that dead man who possesses now only his head and a shoe,
we must carry them to the wall where the iguanas and the snakes are waiting,
where the bear’s teeth are waiting,
where the mummified hand of the boy is waiting,
and the hair of the camel stands on end with a violent blue shudder.

Federico García Lorca,
written in 1929 after he visited New York

Garcia Lorca recited his last poem, just before
his execution during the Spanish Civil War in August 1936 by a firing squad.

Qué es el hombre sin libertad
Oh! Mariana dime
Dime cómo puedo amarte
Si no estoy libre, dime
Cómo te ofreceré mi corazón
Si no es a mío

What is man without freedom
Oh! Mariana tell me
Tell me how can I love you
If I am not free, tell me
How I will offer my heart
If it's not mine







Safety's no accident says the guru

California's golden rolling crust

hold on for those sudden jolts

the word circulating throughout LA

this congregation's in ecstasy

dropping acid in the diamond lanes

a street preacher on roller blades

strumming a steel guitar

zigzagging through

the slalom of plastic cups

Bob walking the glassy beach

between the surf and the freeways

gangbangers hanging loose

bloods stabbing on Venice Beach

to negotiate surface street

and avoid the inevitable

Laura keeps rescue tools in the trunk

condoms and fresh underwear

a salmon pink stretch limo catapulted

from the top deck of the interchang

rubberneckers slowing for the carnage are

waved through

as we drag the man out of the burning car

he's screaming You're pulling my legs apart

Li Po remains secure in the foothills

now that the stairs don't face the door

money can't flow out of his house

All praise to the holy ones traversing the great


Santa Monica San Diego Santa Ana

San Gabriel San Bernandino

los santos y los muertos

intecedar por nosotros

John Norton
from Air Transmigra



I feel the draw of the moon. I must be out. These

teeth he said running the tip of his tongue from one

incisor across to the other these teeth are sensitized.

I dress in black and must be out cruising.

He remembers one winter night in Boston Common.

The snow ice crackled as he walked his girlfriend

to a park bench next to the Frog Pond. Snow

speckled with grime lined the cement crater.

Icy sidewalks pick up the gray moonlight. Nowhere

they can go to smooch and fondle.

They had to be out shivering buried in overcoats.

A hand in through the sweater and down into her

pants. It was cold and hard to warm up Nancy.

The moon at Big Sur seen from the Casita at the edge

of a cliff. The lines of light on the corrugated water.

Stand on the cabin deck look over and down.

Waves smashing. Forces stronger than one lifetime

erode the person. Always here. The surf swirls

through a natural bridge at the base of a cliff.

Its arch outlined in the moonlight.

John Norton
from Air Transmigra

           After Paul Celan

we sing to death
toast its arrival
embrace like old friends
a crowd gathers
and we invite them to join us
after the rally
all return home prepared to dream

in the dark night
echoes of boots slapping the pavement
the song is everywhere

John Norton
from Beatitude Golden Anniversary
(1959 - 2000)

John Norton - July 4, 1936 - August 9, 2015

John was the author of three volumes of poetry and a novel: Air Transmigra in 2010;, Re:Marriage (novel), in 2000;, The Light at the End of the Bog, for which he won an American Book Award in 1990; and the chapbook Posthum(or)ous, in 1985.

John's gregarious nature and raucous laugh, his wry sense of humor and wit, both in person and on the page, reflected his Boston Catholic Irish childhood and his curiosity and knowledge of world politics and literature. He loved to travel and he and Anne lived in a town outside of Toulouse, France during summers for the past ten years.




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