Okla Elliott/ Becker


The Window at the End of the Corridor

The sky, the landscape, the river:
the image at the end of the corridor.
Left and right in the apartment;
The fire extinguisher. The hum of the elevator.
The time after the offices close. Averted faces,
no word and no tenderness.
Someone will begin it,
and going by his door
and going farther, through the image,
out of the room, in flight.

Das Fenster am Ende des Korridors

Der Himmel, die Landschaft, der Fluß:
das Bild am Ende des Korridors.
Links und rechts die Appartements;
die Feuerlösch-Anlage. Das Summen des Aufzugs.
Die Zeit nach Büroschluß. Abweisende Gesichter,
kein Wort und keine Zärtlichkeit.
Jemand wird den Anfang machen
und an seiner Tür vorbeigehen
und weitergehen durch das Bild
hinaus in den Raum zum Fliegen.

Dublin in Bloomtime

These wild faces
above the still river surface.
Then the pack of dogs disappears
with the stolen hat.
Green bottles sway seaward.
At night, time comes along like photos
yellowing with Bloom.

Dublin in Bloomtime

Diese wilden Gesichter
über dem still liegenden Fluß.
Nun verschwindet die Meute
mit dem geklauten Hut.
Dümpelnd zum Meer
bewegen sich grüne Flaschen hin.
Nachts mit gelb gewordenen Photos
kommt die Zeit mit Bloom.

Wendy XuOkla Elliott is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois, where he works in the fields of comparative literature and trauma studies. He also holds an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University. His non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Another Chicago Magazine, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, New Letters, A Public Space, The Southeast Review, and Subtropics,among many others. He is the author of a full-length collection of short fiction, From the Crooked Timber, and three poetry chapbooks—The Mutable Wheel; Lucid Bodies and Other Poems; and A Vulgar Geography. His po-mo/sci-fi novel The Doors You Mark Are Your Own, co-written with Raul Clement, is forthcoming in 2014.

Becker is the author of over thirty books—novels, story collections, poetry collections, and plays—all published by Germany’s premier publisher, Suhrkamp. He has won numerous prizes in Germany, including the Heinrich Böll Prize, the Uwe Johnson Prize, and the Hermann Lenz Prize. Much of his work is concerned with his childhood during WWII and his adult life in a divided Germany. His most recent poetry collection is Dorfrand mit Tankstelle, released in 2007, and his most recent novels are Schnee in den Ardennen and Aus der Geschichte der Trennungen.