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Poetry Friday: Passer-by, these are words... by Yves Bonnefoy

May 9th, 2008 (05:44 am)
tired

Current Mood: tired
Current Song: Under the Gun by Supreme Beings of Leisure

Passer-by, these are words. But instead of reading
I want you to listen: to this frail
Voice like that of letters eaten by grass.

- from Passer-by, these are words... by Yves Bonnefoy, translated from the French by Hoyt Rogers

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 9th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)

Wonderful poem. I'd love to be able to read it in the French!

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 9th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)

I am not certain which collection holds this poem, as I am not well-versed (no pun intended) in his works and I do not speak French, but perhaps this page of information could lead you in the right direction:

http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/bonnef.htm

Posted by: cloudscome (cloudscome)
Posted at: May 9th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)

Wonderful the uses of sound in that poem!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 9th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)

It tells such a maudlin tale.

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