She, the Debutant

by Nora Gomringer

She, the Debutant

50 feet above town

loud in bed

cold at hand


wolf in a mink fur coat

created creature, gentle creature

alluring, singing

always with skirts just a bit too short,

aging past her twentieth year

well grafted

soon to be touched up

her clitoris around the neck

of a witch doctor

Mrs. Sweet

Mrs. Sour

Mrs. With-a-name-reminiscent-of-Ikea-racks


She shouldn’t go


from all of that

from all of those, for whom

I am too clamorous here.

Translated from German into AE by Paul-Henri Campbell; taken from the collection MONSTER POEMS (Nora Gomringer and Publishing house Voland & Quist 2013)