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Collected Poems (Princeton Legacy Library) by Saint-John Perse

By Saint-John Perse

Publish yr note: initially released in 1983

The accumulated Poems of the Nobel laureate and poet-statesman are right here reissued with the posthumous tune for an Equinox, to shape a whole variation of his poetic oeuvre, together with additionally his 1960 Nobel speech "On Poetry" and his 1965 essay on "Dante".

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Truly I inhabit the throat of a God. 46 ELOGES 10 RUR debarquer des bceufs et des mulets, on donne a l' eau, par-dessus bord, ces dieux coules en or et frottes de resine. L'eau les vante! jaillit! et nOU5 les attendons Ii. quai, avec des lattes elevees en guise de flambeaux; et nous tenons les yeux fixes sur l'etoile de ces fronts-hant iii tout un peuple dhlue, vetu de son luisant, et sabre. 11 des lames de fond on tire aux magasins de grandes jeuilles souples de metal: arides, fremissantes et qui versent, capte, tout un versant du ciel.

15 C H I L D H O O D , my love, I loved evening too: it is the hour for going out. Our nurses have gone into the corolla of their dresses ... and glued to the blinds, under our clammy hair, we have seen as smooth, as bare, they lifted at arm's length the soft ring of the dresses. Our mothers will be coming down, perfumed with ΐ'herbe-a-Madame-Lalie. . Their necks are beautiful. Run ahead and announce: My mother is the most beau­ tiful! Already I can hear the starched petticoats trailing through the rooms a soft noise of thunder.

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