Summer 2002 • Vol. XXIV No. 3/4 PoetryJuly 1, 2002 |

The Music Room

From the French.    As for the parquet, it's in a fishbone pattern: Each square made of four other Squares whose planks seem to pursue Each other, and the walls are covered with Mahogany and leather. From here, they watched The factory, they were served éclairs, they played Beethoven, planing down his ironies, And when it was all closed up police were posted Here for thirty years. No one comes anymore, The Pleyel is shot to hell And the doctor adds that with one good heat Wave, there'll be fourteen less of his Old geezers in town, at fifteen hundred Francs apiece a year, you can add that up fast enough.

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Hédi Kaddour was born in Tunisia in 1945, but has lived in France since childhood. He has published three books of poems with Gallimard: La Fin des vendanges (1989), Jamais une ombre simple (1994), and Passage au Luxembourg (2000), as well as three books with smaller publishers, and a collection of essays on poetry, L'Emotion impossible, with Le Temps qu'il fait in 1994. He teaches literature, drama, and creative writing in Lyon, and writes a theater column. Other poems of his, in Marilyn Hacker's translation, have appeared in APR, Paris Review, Poetry International, and Verse, among others.
Marilyn Hacker is the author of twelve books of poems, most recently Names (W.W. Norton 2010), and of ten collections of poetry translated from French. She received the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation in 2009 for Marie Etienne’s King of a Hundred Horsemen. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a former editor of The Kenyon Review.

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