“Every evening / words /–not stars–light the sky. // No rest in life / like life itself.” –Umberto Saba, “Three Cities,” trans. Stephen Sartarelli “I hear that the axe has flowered, / I hear that the place can’t be named, // I hear that the bread which looks at him / heals the hanged man, …
Poets: Paul Celan
Paul Celan was a Romanian poet.
The Academy Of American Poets recently announced their mobile poetry website, complete with numerous poems arranged by theme or occasion and by form. Now, if anyone accuses you of being shallow, you can call up Paul Celan’s “Fugue of Death” on your iPhone, recite a few lines, and quickly prove them wrong.