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By Srikanth Reddy
As we speak, Esperanto is being corrupted
Our only hope of reversing this trend is to write
to freeze the mutating patios so the children
It's worth a try. As I imagine it, it ends
of its action. Of course, there's a journey
made of boats; a carp stuffed with flowers;
in fields to scare away crows; an unending list
The Indarka, The Enterprise, L'Entreprise,
& bank as one flock in the sky-that is,
he sits on a rock & watches his friends
long ago, keeping the river to his right.
"Fundamentals of Esperanto" is from "Facts for Visitors" by Srikanth Reddy. Copyright 2005; the Regents of the University of California. Published by University of California Press. Reddy is an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago.
"Fundamentals of Esperanto" is also included in the Poetry Foundation's Chicago Poetry Tour, a multimedia tour of poetry written in and about Chicago. (Disclosure: The Poetry Foundation also funds the NewsHour's poetry coverage.)
Featuring the work of a range of Chicago poets past and present and addressing a variety of neighborhoods and landmarks--for Reddy, that neighborhood is Bucktown--the tour includes archival and contemporary recordings of poets and scholars, local music and historic photographs.
The tour can be taken online or downloaded at www.poetryfoundation.org, and is available for download via iTunes. The tour will also be featured on the City of Chicago's official tourism Web site, www.explorechicago.org.
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