My Incognito Daybreak
When the dusk quickened with doves
I swept the feathers into a pan and watched days darken into a bruise,
words falling behind the horizon, one by one: cunt, country, the parliament of laments.
I swept, it didn’t matter why.
Tomorrow I released me.
Andrea Jurjević is a Croatian poet and literary translator. She is the author of Small Crimes, winner of the 2015 Philip Levine Prize, and the chapbook Nightcall (Willow Springs Editions, 2021). Her book-length translations from Croatian include Mamasafari (Diálogos Press, 2018) and Dead Letter Office (The Word Works, 2020), which was shortlisted for the 2021 National Translation Award in Poetry.