Question & Answer 1 – Kimmy Walters

Question 1

Porquoi Mozart while Morricone conducts
a theatre in paradise? First trimester in A
major, completely static but for orchestral
compositions of Veneta, of fourteen weeks,
fourteen midnights, fourteen full moons.

Keep the unjust heart still, entwine hands
for the final proof of my love. Have you lit
censored film? Alfredo’s memories burnt
with The Firemen of Viggiú, fourteen weeks,
fourteen midnights, fourteen full moons.

Elena and Salvatore frozen in love without
the director’s revisions. Break F sharp minor
for a nervous D major. Find Palazzo Adriano
in the throws of maternity wards, where
even in winter I’ll be the brightest sun.

– Aaron Kent

Answer 1

it’s very hard to know anything
about the past and harder still
to encounter any new information about it

we can only puncture the dirt
looking for clues or
try to time travel

but most people fail to consider the linguistic
limitations of time travel

barely anyone can understand you
even when you’re not fifty or four hundred
years ago

like right now what do I have?

tiny number of french words
large number of english ones
none in italian
and I can’t read music either

if I were somewhere unfamiliar
in space or time
I’d have to draw fourteen lines
to indicate the length of a fortnight

I’d encourage each line to
represent a day somehow

if I can’t figure out how
maybe I should stop calling myself a poet

most people fail to consider that
history is made up of millions
of fortnights
one right after the other
it’s relentless

babies keep getting born directly
into them

it’s a messy business
il n’y a pas d’autre moyen

is that right?

– Kimmy Walters