Friday, May 05, 2006

from The Pretty Redhead by Apollinaire

Here I am in front of all, a man full of sense
Knowing of life and death only what a living man can
Having experienced the pains and joys of love
Having sometimes been able to get my ideas across
Knowing several languages
Having travelled quite a bit [...]

I know of old and new as much as one man could possibly know

Translation by T.Sidoli.

from Privilege of Being by Robert Hass

Many are making love. Up above, the angels
in the unshaken ether and crystal of human longing
are braiding one another's hair, which is strawberry blond
and the texture of cold rivers.

Robert Hass, Human Wishes. New York: Ecco Press, 1989, p.69.
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