Portrait Without a Mouth – Andrei Guruianu – 2014

Portrait Without a Mouth
by Andrei Guruianu

Throughout the poems that make up Portrait Without a Mouth, a follow-up to Guruianu’s Made in the Image of Stones, the Angel of History finally turns his head towards the present and lifts his eyes to the future. He sees the same ancient stones dotting the fields, the same ruins dusted off and resurrected only to be toppled again. Of those he meets he asks a single question: Where does history end, and where do we begin? Silence, a shrug of the shoulders. At the end of the day he shakes his head and mutters underneath his breath. Maybe a prayer. Language rearranged into a different version of tomorrow.

Published November 1, 2014

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