A Long-gone Sun: A Poem

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Sheep Meadow Press, 2000 - Poetry - 183 pages
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Bilingual Edition -- French/English

Claire Malroux is France's leading woman poet. National Book Award winner Marilyn Hacker has brilliantly translated this poetry of the present that looks back at Malroux's childhood and her father's life in the French Résistance and death at Bergen-Belsen.

In her introduction, Marilyn Hacker writes: "'I have told this story many times,' says the poet, implying, I think, that it is a story which has been told in many times and places, by different voices, to different audiences, because it is one of the quintessential human stories: how a child gains consciousness at the cost of 'innocence' when s/he precisely realizes that harm is done, that the seemingly eternal moment of childhood is part of the irrevocable passage of history: not 'history' in the abstract, but that of the specific time and place in which/of which s/he becomes aware."

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Contents

Jai commencé ce récit
2
began to tell this story even before
3
My childhoods house is
9
Once up the stone steps
15
Quel que soit son destin
16
The child prepares herself to cross the bridge
21
At twilight the ball
29
En cercles violets
30
y avait tous les jardins dans mon premier jardin
76
My first garden contained all gardens
77
À cause de nos séjours réguliers
84
Dans cette maison a reflué
92
Allongée sur un banc
98
De grandes fleurs pourpres 706
106
Je le revois au soir de sa victoire
114
Souvre lère des premières vacances
120

The warm stone is alive under our thighs
35
The smell of disinfectant grips your throat
41
La pile est dun jaune très tendre
46
The stack is a very tender yellow
47
More than a seedingof stars
55
Plus rien nexiste que cette rumeur dorgue
60
Nothing exists but that rumbling of an organ
61
My grandfathers shadow
67
La beauté vient dEspagne
132
Non loin de lancienne boulangerie
140
septembre 1939
148
Ma grandmère demeure pourtant le témoin principal
156
Que savonsnous des heures sombres
164
Le fameux scénario nétaitil quun leurre
174
Des parapluies des parapluies
180
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About the author (2000)

CLAIRE MALROUX is an acclaimed translator of American and British poetry, including the work of Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, and Derek Walcott. A Long Gone Sun is her sixth book.

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