Cosas Que Leo #25: VOLODYA: SELECTED WORKS, Vladimir Mayakovsky

Volodya Mayakovsky

“A CLOUD IN TROUSERS

PROLOGUE

 

I

Will goad you with a bloody shred of heart

You

Slumped in thought

Soft in the head

Like a fat lackey on a greasy settee

And I’ll have my fill of bitterness

 

Not s single grey hair in my soul

No senile tenderness there!

My voice crashes through the universe

I walk -the handsome

Twenty-two year old.

 

Tenderhearted lovers

Whisper fiddle music

While the vulgar bang love on a drum

But you can turn yourselves inside out

And be like me, just a smacking pair of lips!

 

Come learn from me

Leave your stuffed drawing-rooms

Petty angelic bureaucrats

 

Quietly licking your leafy lips

Lime as cook looking through a cookery book.

 

If you want

I’ll rage on raw meat

And like the sky changing hue

If you want

I’ll be as tender as you please

Not a man but a cloud in trousers!

 

I don’t believe that blooming Nice exists!

Again I sing the praises of

Men as crumpled as hospital beds

Women used time after time like a rhyme.”

(1915)

 

Volodya; Selected works

Edited and with an introduction by Rosy Carrick

VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY

Enitharmon Press, 2015 (poemas, lecturas y escritos 1912-1930)

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