By Christopher Middleton
August Kleinzahler says, Christopher Middleton is, and is still, a surprising guy. One infrequently is aware the place to begin...' There are few hazards Middleton won't soak up his poems. for 6 many years and extra he has exposed new dimensions in language. the decade has been one in all non-stop discovery and extension. His English is an open medium, responding to Arabic, German, Spanish, French and different media. And English is eloquent in its nonsense up to in its experience. His poems don't linger within the dank alleyways of self: he's constantly a maker and a shaper, of items that turn into sturdy assets for the reader, that refine and expand how we predict, see and consider via shaped language.
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Poetical Works Toast Nothing, this foam, this virgin verse designating the cup, no more; so plunges far away a corps of sirens, many in reverse. We all, my various friends, we sail with myself on the poop-deck now while you as the majestic prow cleave wintry seas of blast and gale; spurred by a ﬁne intoxication and fearless even of its swerving I stand and oﬀer you this toast 5 10 solitude, star, or rocky coast to things of any kind deserving of our sail’s white preoccupation. Ill Fortune Above the awestruck herd of human beings bounded resplendent the wild tousled manes of heaven’s mendicants treading our pathways.
De ce blanc ﬂamboiement l’immuable accalmie T’a fait dire, attristée, ô mes baisers peureux « Nous ne serons jamais une seule momie Sous l’antique désert et les palmiers heureux! » Mais la chevelure est une rivière tiède, Où noyer sans frissons l’âme qui nous obsède Et trouver ce Néant que tu ne connais pas. Je goûterai le fard pleuré par tes paupières, Pour voir s’il sait donner au cœur que tu frappas L’insensibilité de l’azur et des pierres. L’Azur De l’éternel Azur la sereine ironie Accable, belle indolemment comme les ﬂeurs, Le poëte impuissant qui maudit son génie A travers un désert stérile de Douleurs.
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