Spring 1946 • Vol. VIII No. 2 Two Poems for FranceApril 1, 1946 |

Lancelot

Translated from the French.  Our century faces death.  View forty-twoNow dim Montmartre has stilled her Negroes' criesYoung love no longer like a furnace sighsWhat is this dream? Do I quite misconstrue? When Mickey Mouse gives rise to evstasiesPortuguese dances, colored movies play At Art, what dark flowers Beauty wears today She talks of the sun only with closed eyes No more do we remember words in Latin Our gift for rhymes tasting of wheat is gone Machine age, wreckage in the winter dawn Looks like a guillotine, the ultimate engine Oh, for a violin to charm my ears Stendhal's Italian airs no longer please The people. In two fingers they can seize The movie organ "music of the spheres" Machine made polkas grind out flawlessly The radio comes from heaven down no staircase In the general grief my own from place to place Twitches the dial, finds only irony The world is drowning.  I can hear it cry Through crazy laughter made of nerves and tears First Mas

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