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Poem of the Week by Jorge Guitart

By Jorge Guitart When did you start realizing that something greater than you had something special in mind for you? Was it after something terrible happened to others but not to you? Was the something greater than you also greater than the others but the plan for them was different from yours and did you classify that plan as unfathomable? Speaking of unfathomable, don’t they say that the heart is that? But isn’t that about the figurative heart? Isn’t the actual heart fathomable? Isn’t your own heart fathomable? I mean, wouldn’t you agree that it has a bottom from which you could send a sympathetic message to the families of those to which something terrible happened? JORGE GUITART is professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures at the University at Buffalo. He is the author of poetry collections “The Empress of Frozen Custard and Ninety-Nine Other Poems” (BlazeVOX Books, 2009), “Foreigner’s Notebook” (Shuffaloff Press, 1993) and “Film Blanc” (Meow Press, 1996), as well as numerous translations of Cuban poets into English (e.g., Jose Kozer) and U.S. poets into Spanish (e.g., John Ashbery). This poem will appear in his forthcoming collection of poems, due out later this year from BlazeVOX.