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Poetry Friday: How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird by Jacques Prévert

January 4th, 2008 (07:57 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Misery Business by Paramore

Sometimes the bird comes quickly,
but it can just as well take years before deciding.
If the bird doesn't come right away,
don't be discouraged.
Wait.
Wait for years if necessary.

. . .

When the bird comes,
if it comes,
remain absolutely silent.

- fragments from How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird written by Jacques Prévert, newly translated and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

Read the poem and see the new book.

Thanks to Kelly for the link.

Learn more about Poetry Friday.

Comments

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
I love this book

Thank you for sharing this; I love it.
best, Anamaria.
www.bookstogether.squarespace.com

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Re: I love this book

:)

Posted by: My characters kick your ass dot com (elfstar18)
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)

I love Jacques Prevert!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)

Do you speak (or read) French? I do not.

Posted by: My characters kick your ass dot com (elfstar18)
Posted at: January 5th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)

Nope. The fact that I can't begin even to pronounce French makes me sad.

Prevert was quoted in a "Little Zen Companion" book that I bought as a teen. (now, at thirty, I can't imagine anymore what compelled baby me to buy that book, but I just looked for it and realized that I don't have it anymore and was saddened by that fact.) The quote was from the poem "Pater Noster"

Our Father who art in heaven
Stay there
And we'll stay here on Earth
Which is sometimes so pretty

I liked the line so much that I sought out a book of his work in translation. ("Paroles" It's worth looking for.) I am also a fan of Frank O'hara and think that their work favors eachother.

Thank you so much for inspiring me to re-read some of my favorite poetry!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 5th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)

That's both sad and pretty.

Glad to have done so!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
TadMack says:

Wow - I've read some of his work before somewhere - this is really, really beautiful.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Re: TadMack says:

Isn't it pretty?

Posted by: goose (nudeslip)
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)

Very beautiful, I will seek out his book.
Thank you for sharing!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)

You are welcome. Nice to meet you!

Posted by: Liz Garton Scanlon (liz_scanlon)
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)

I am really growing to covet this book...
Covet covet covet the beauty...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)

It's so pretty, and fits the text so well.

Posted by: Vivian Lee Mahoney (hipwritermama)
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)

Beautiful book cover. I'll check this one out.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)

Enjoy and share.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 5th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)

Go read it. I don't want to spoil my favorite part. :)

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 6th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)

:)

Posted by: Jama Rattigan (jamarattigan)
Posted at: January 5th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for introducing me to Jacques Prevert! I love the book. Tres bien!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 5th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)

You are welcome, Jama! I just requested a book of yours from the library. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 5th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)

Oh, that's beautiful! I can't wait to see that book, and that Looky Book feature (did I get the name right?) is so fabulous. Thanks!

Jules, 7-Imp

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 5th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)

I thought you'd like LookyBook!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 5th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)

Love the book - and getting to leaf through it like that. Amazing.

-MotherReader

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 5th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)

LookyBook is a great resource. I can't believe I didn't know about it earlier!

Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: January 9th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)

I loved this book, too, which I reviewed at the end of December, with the LookyBook link. Isn't it a great thing to see? (Not too many books on there.)

My post included some stuff about Gerstein's translation, as well as a separate translation by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I think you'd like to see the differences..

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 10th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)

It is very pretty! Yes, THAT is where I first saw it. Thank you!

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