David Keplinger

The Age of the Onion
December 21, 2019 Keplinger David

The Age of the Onion

 

The onion is a Book of Revelations, diced to proverb-size. This is the age that pours hot tears, that agitates the seeing eye. This is a dark age, already very late. On the cutting board only the onion, stripped and wet, lit up our dark kitchen in the city. This is the onion whose center is onlyness, onionness, the union in my glass of gin. But not an age, not really, too brief for an age…It is a flash sauté, the quick of the heat and the wine, the oil spitting back.

David Keplinger is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Another City (Milkweed Editions, 2018), which won the 2019 UNT Rilke Prize. He is the American translator of Danish poet Carsten René Nielsen, with whom he has done three volumes, and the German poet Jan Wagner, with whom he recently published The Art of Topiary (Milkweed Editions, 2017).