René Char

Issue #
May 31, 2016

L’Artisanat Furieux / The Enraged Craftsmanship

La roulotte rouge au bord du clou
Et cadavre dans le panier
Et chevaux de labours dans le fer à cheval
Je rêve la tête sur la pointe de mon couteau
    le Pérou.

Gypsy caravan—red on the edge of the nail
And dead body in basket
And workhorses in horseshoes
I dream my head on the tip of my knife

Translated from the French by Nancy Naomi Carlson
Translator’s note: This poem may allude to Vincent Van Gogh’s “Encampment of Gypsies with Caravans.”

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