IMAGE: Kerith Lisi
Advice for Bilingual Poets
Credence is lent, that’s why
we say “lend credence.”
The inverted Spanish question mark
is no more a quirk than the Petrine cross.
Was it Jefferson that invented bifocals?
(I’ll bet you a hundred dollars it was.)
In poetry, lines break.
A professor told me they end
but if I learned anything in high school geometry,
a true line never ends.
Last thing: there is nothing
like the calm outside your window right now.
I dare you: replicate it, translate it—
don’t just imitate it. The pale sky resembles blank paper.
Trace your line across it,
make it never-ending.