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Blind

Blind Do you think it’s strange that I always dedicate my poems to a blind man? He lives in a cardboard castle under the J railway. When I hear the high-pitched squeal of train breaks, I think of about his coat, dusty and torn, even when he’s somewhere else, like Wharf and Market Street, begging for change. Scratch that. He doesn’t beg, he plays his harmonica for paying admirers, while his eyes, no iris or sclera, just brown clouds, shift from side to side like a metronome measuring the song, low and fragile, that comes out of his instrument. Does it seem strange to you that, instead of turning my gaze inward, I point it at the world, changing people and objects into things that I can praise? 43 Do you think it’s strange, blind man, that I talk about you in the third person as if you weren’t here, as if I were afraid of opening my eyes, and seeing who you really are? JOSÉ ENRIQUE MEDINA http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Appalachian Review University of North Carolina Press

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University of North Carolina Press
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Abstract

Do you think it’s strange that I always dedicate my poems to a blind man? He lives in a cardboard castle under the J railway. When I hear the high-pitched squeal of train breaks, I think of about his coat, dusty and torn, even when he’s somewhere else, like Wharf and Market Street, begging for change. Scratch that. He doesn’t beg, he plays his harmonica for paying admirers, while his eyes, no iris or sclera, just brown clouds, shift from side to side like a metronome measuring the song, low and fragile, that comes out of his instrument. Does it seem strange to you that, instead of turning my gaze inward, I point it at the world, changing people and objects into things that I can praise? 43 Do you think it’s strange, blind man, that I talk about you in the third person as if you weren’t here, as if I were afraid of opening my eyes, and seeing who you really are? JOSÉ ENRIQUE MEDINA

Journal

Appalachian ReviewUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Sep 10, 2021

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