In 1996 alone, between one million and three
million people died of malaria...someone dies
of it about every 15 seconds--mostly children
and pregnant women...A more fundamental
problem is that many people cannot afford even
ordinary mosquito nets, which cost $5 or $10.
--NY Times, 1.8.96
Think of your body growing cold again.
Think of what fades and what survives.
Think not of the dark wind, rain
a-sway over villages apples & leaves
Snow lies on the clay. Mosquitoes
& silver coinage. Malaria.
Mysterious unjust angel of woe,
hysteria... head down in the white.
And through the fetters of a flimsy lattice
or stage-struck curtain-- an extended paw
quilled with fabled disappearances--that
mole of metaphysical law--
Shakespeare vanished into pseudonyms
trimming his nails frozen sheer
Henry Gould | Island Road 53
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