I HEAR THE AXLE HAS BLOSSOMED by Paul Celan (4/5)

December 17, 2008

posted by Caroline Picard

I HEAR THE AXLE HAS BLOSSOMED,

I hear the place is unnamable,

I hear the bread which looks at him

heals the hanged man,

the bread the woman baked for him,

I hear they call life

the only shelter.

(from Schneepart, “Snowpart,” 1971, trans. Pierre Joris)

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