Who Has Time For This?

Michael Favala Goldman


ISBN 978-1-949966-67-1      104 pages        $15.00




When you have a handsome mango

wait longer than your want

for it to soften so

it yields. Your hunger

is irrelevant, you are in service,

so peel slowly,

strip all sides, trace

each curve, let the trappings drop,

purpose past. Cradle your hands,

lift gently, let the fruit taste

you. Memory ajar, relish,

keep meeting

for the first time.

Michael Favala Goldman (b.1966) is also a jazz clarinetist and a widely-published translator of Danish literature. Over 120 of his translations have appeared in literary journals. Among his twelve translated books are The Water Farm Trilogy by Cecil Bødker, Dependency by Tove Ditlevsen (a Penguin Classic), and Something To Live Up To – Selected Poems of Benny Andersen. He lives in Florence, MA.