By Paul Celan, Nikolai Popov, Heather McHugh
Paul Celan s well known because the maximum and such a lot studied post-war eu poet. right away challenging and hugely worthwhile, his poetry dominates the sector within the aftermath of the Holocaust. this option of poems, now on hand in paper for the 1st time, is created from formerly untranslated paintings, establishing points of Celan's oeuvre by no means prior to to be had to readers of English. those translations, referred to as "perfect in language, song, and spirit" through Yehuda Amichai, paintings from the implied premise of what has been known as purpose auf die Sprache, providing the spirit of Celan's work--his dense multilingual resonances, his brutal damaged tune, syntactic ruptures and dizzying wordplay.
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Our housekeys were crossing each other in a coat of arms, breaking the law; meanwhile strangers were shooting craps with what was left of our language, our lot. 27 Paul Celan: Glottal Stop Half-mauled, maskfaced, a corbel-stone deep in the eyeslit-crypt: inward, upward, toward the cranial interior, where you turn heaven over and over in furrow and fold he plants his image. It outgrows itself, it grows out. 28 page 28 Paul Celan: Glottal Stop page 29 From ﬁsts white with the truth of the beaten word-wall a new brain breaks into bloom.
An eye, cut into strips, does justice to it all. 18 page 18 Paul Celan: Glottal Stop page 19 (I know you: you’re the one who’s bent so low. You hold me—I’m the riddled one—in bondage. What word could burn as witness for us two? You’re my reality. ) 19 Paul Celan: Glottal Stop Singable remainder—trace of one who—mute, remote—broke out of bounds through sicklescripts of snow. Headed for the residue of a gaze revolving under cometbrows, a tiny darkened heartmoon packs the spark it caught at large.
I hear it’s not getting later at all. Here Bogus and Boring, back in the saddle, set the pace. Instead of you, there are halogen lamps. Instead of our homes, light-traps, terminus-temples. Diaphanous, black, the juggler’s pennant is at its lowest point. The hard-won Umlaut in the unword: your light reﬂected: tunnel-shield for a local shade of thought. 39 Paul Celan: Glottal Stop Spasms, I love you, psalms, O semensmeared one, feelwalls deep in the gulch of you exult, You, eternal, uneternitized, eternitized, uneternal you, selah, into you, into you I sing the scarscore of the bone-staff, O red of reds, strummed far behind the pubic hair, in caves, out there, round and round the inﬁnite non of the canon, you throw at me the nine-timestwined and dripping wreath of trophy teeth.