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Live Encounters Poetry & Writing English-Chinese Edition January 2023
Concern for Soul Consumes Me, poem by Elana Wolff.
Concern for Soul Consumes Me
In the northern garden
dwell two tall
Their large and heart-
shaped pointy leaves, downy
undersides — soft as fontanelles.
They’ve let the spotted
red-capped woodpecker in.
Form is the polar opposite of chaos,
wrote Roberto B.
I take release from this and that
the dead, he said, yes even the dead
are being developed.
Eventually, by this conception, everyone
will be among the co-
Concern for soul consumes me.
I sit in the northern garden —
in the hazy
shady shape of it
and follow my steady breath — born
as it’s being breathed, it seems. Streaming
it can’t be pre-constructed.
Invisible and thin and free,
as baffling as Kafka —
whose rendering of difficult things
was easier for him, it seems to me,
than birthing breath.
Will teachers of any persuasion contravene me?
Not the two catalpa trees.
Not the spotted woodpecker. Not his crimson cap.
埃拉娜·沃尔夫是加拿大诗人和作家，著有七本诗集和一本论文集。她的诗歌发表在多个加拿大知名杂志，并获得奖项。她的诗集《Swoon》（格尔尼卡出版）获得2020年加拿大犹太文学奖的诗歌奖。她的最新诗集《Shape Taking》于 2021年出版。她的跨流派卡夫卡探索作品集将在2023年由格尔尼卡出版社出版。她目前在安大略省Thornhill生活和工作
Elana Wolff is a Canadian author of seven poetry collections and a collection of essays on poems. Elana’s poems have most recently appeared in Arc (Awards of Awesomeness), Bear Review, Best Canadian Poetry 2021, Canadian Literature, Literary Review of Canada, and The New Quarterly. Her collection, Swoon (Guernica Editions), won the 2020 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry. Her latest poetry collection is Shape Taking (Ekstasis Editions, 2021). Her cross-genre Kafka-quest work, Faithfully Seeking Franz, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions in 2023. She currently lives and works in Thornhill, Ontario.