By Matthieu Baumier.
A red bird was tossing volleys of salt into the gashes in the earth
and you were spelling out the colors of silence within yourself
There was this salt in him–and
he was speaking
to the blue-scaled universe
to the fury of the river locks
and the devastation of trees.
He was saying:
“Bring the wind
against the drowned gesture of this time.”
And while you were still calling out
to the mute expressions of the ploughshares
The red bird merged into the graceful characters
of the slender willow,
erected walls around our utterances, the silence of clay,
the material of the potter, the soul of the Poem.
To the memory of René Char
I am writing from this instant
the aftertime of the world’s end.
Tears of rain flow
Where words take the secret shapes
Of indecipherable vigils.
I am living through the passage of the soul
The landscape in flames.
I am living in the wake of phantom armies
And my eye comprehends only this silence.
I am writing from this instant the aftertime of the world’s end
And I assume a smile
Torn from the blood of stars.
I say this:
Let prose go silent now
And let the spirit of water spring forth.
To enter the cavern places of being
And travel in the crucible of darkened lands
The prima matter of all light
And Ecce homo
This is accomplished on the inside
Behind the spiraling coils of the heavens
And appears as a spark
Behold the reflection
And from the confines of the work
We recreate chaos
We strike, mallets in our hands
We sculpt entire continents
And see nothing of them.
We await the very order of the real
The apparent impossible signs
Of the Island silence
where we are reborn at the waters’ root.
Translation from the French by Elizabeth Brunazzi
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in 1968, Matthieu Baumier is a French writer and poet who has published novels, essays and Poetry. His poetry is feature by many French review and magazines. Also by Agora (Spain), Word Riot (USA), Ditch (Canada), Polja (Serbia), Poezija (Croatia), The French Literary Review (UK), Groenlandia (Argentina), Poetry quarterly (USA), The enchanting verses (India), Literati magazine (Australia), The Inflectionist Review (USA), TLR (USA), The Indian Review, Sand (Berlin’s English literary journal), MadHat (USA)… He is the chief editor of the French international and weekly poetry magazine, Recours au Poème
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Elizabeth Brunazzi is a poet, translator and essayist currently living in Paris.
First published in 3:AM Magazine: Saturday, January 4th, 2014.