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

The Waterfall

From the French   The grouch abstracts himself from what he's reading To contemplate a waterfall which hollows Its way towards the simple depths Of the world. As it passes, it bathes A woman's breasts, and the areolas Provoke a few pulsations in the veins Of discreet hikers who prowl around The borders of that silence And that grass. One doesn't become better, Merely cleverer, it says in The newspaper, while a few drops Of cool water come to make a pure Noise at the bottom of a page on which is laid out A major writer's obituary.

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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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By Hédi Kaddour, translated by Marilyn Hacker

From the French   The grouch abstracts himself from what he's reading To contemplate a waterfall which hollows Its way towards the simple depths Of the world. As it passes, […]

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