Commonplace Book/Translation Tuesday: Paul Celan and Writing Beyond Humanity


above the grayblack wastes.
A tree-
high thought
grasps the light-tone: there are
still songs to sing beyond

über der grauschwartzen Ödnis.
Ein baum-
hoher Gedanke
greift sich Lichtton: es sind
noch Lieder zu singen jenseits
der Menschen.

From Breathturn into Timestead: the Collected Later Poetry, by Paul Celan
A Bilingual Edition
Translated and with commentary by Pierre Joris
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014

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