Another Paul Celan Poem

On the 11.21. 1965. Paul Celan undertook a trip to Switzerland. That day he wrote the poem Die längst Entdeckten | The long discovered, which he included in the volume Threadsuns, but also wrote the following poem, not published in his life time, though now in the Collected Poems:

BELEAGUERED

 

The delusion-runs: say

that they are delusion-runs,

of the murder-

mouths and -writings and -signs,

say, that they are composed

by you.

 

Of the rain don’t say:

he rains.

Say: it

rains.

 

Say

Don’t say

Say

Don’t say

Say

Don’t say it

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Pierre Joris

Pierre Joris is a poet, translator, essayist & anthologist who has published more than 50 books, most recently, Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press and The University of California Book of North African Literature (volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour. Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited & translated by Joris, and Pierre Joris: Cartographies of the In-between, essays on Joris’ work edited by Peter Cockelbergh, came out in 2012. Forthcoming are Barzakh — Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press) & Breathturn Into Timestead:The Collected Later Poems of Paul Celan (FSG).

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