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  • Saturday book feature – Transmissions from Bone House — Stephen Bunch

    Saturday book feature – Transmissions from Bone House — Stephen Bunch

    from “Second Life”

    In First Life, Dr. Aribert Heim
    collected Jüdische Schädel,
    especially treasured the children’s skulls
    in a line on a shelf
    in his Matthausen office.
    Somewhere they went missing,
    as did he from the photograph
    of his German champion hockey team,
    ten years post-war.

    The Khazars, he claimed, drove him
    to the tennis court roof of the rundown hotel
    in downtown Cairo. They forced him to hear
    the muzzein’s call from Al Azhar mosque,
    to which he walked fifteen miles each day,
    “Tarek Hussein Farid,” with the check
    from his sister in Baden-Baden
    and his German Koran, gift
    for “Uncle Tarek”
    from his landlord’s children.

    Seldom seen in Cairo’s streets and stalls
    without his camera, he never appeared
    in a photograph. His unpublished
    book on the Zionists disappeared
    in Second Life, as did his cancer-
    ridden Aryan body.

    by Stephen Bunch, from Transmissions from Bone House, Woodley Press

    buy link: http://woodleypress.org/books#/transmissions-from-bone-house