René Char

Issue #
May 31, 2016

Pour Mamouque / For Mamouque

Un papillon de paille habitait un crâne de chien
O couleurs ô jachère ô danse!

J’aime quand tu t’étonnes
Arcade sourcilière almée de l’amoureuse.

A butterfly made of straw lodged in a dog’s skull
O colors o fallow land o dance!

I like to see you amazed
Eyebrow arch the lover’s Egyptian dancing girl.

Translated from the French by Nancy Naomi Carlson
Translator’s note: “Mamouque” was the nickname of Georgette Goldstein, Char’s first wife.

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