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Half-corroded (Halbzerfressener; Paul Celan, German)


Half-corroded, mask-
corbelled faces
deep
in the slit-crypt-eyes :

Up, into
inside the skull
where you wrap the sky, again and again,
in groove and turn
he planted his image,
which outgrows itself, outgrows.

Paul Celan

Worked from the German Halbzerfressener, 1967
Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 14 April, 2016

Copyright of the original is retained by the Copyright owner. The Copyright of this Translation is vested with the Author. The original, from which this translation is made, is used under the provisions of Section 107 of the US Copyright Act 1976, which allows for fair use of the original for translation purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research.

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In Prague (In Prag; Paul Celan, German)


The halfdeath,
longsuckled with our lives,
lies around us ash-image-true—

we too
drank still, souls interlaced, two swords,
sewn to heaven-stones, word-blood-born
the nightbed,

larger and larger
we grew through each other, there was
no name for
what drove us (one of thirty
and so many more
was my living shadow,
of the madness that would rise up, come to you?),

a tower,
half built in Kuda,
at Hradčany
of a pure Goldmaker-No,

Hebrew-bone,
ground to sperm,
ran through the hourglass,
we swam, two dreams now, chiming
against the time in the squares.

Paul Celan

Worked from the German In Prag, 1964
Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 14 April, 2016

Copyright of the original is retained by the Copyright owner. The Copyright of this Translation is vested with the Author. The original, from which this translation is made, is used under the provisions of Section 107 of the US Copyright Act 1976, which allows for fair use of the original for translation purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research.

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Signs Literal and Unambiguous


Check all that do NOT apply

 √ No Babes In Arm  Put that woman down
(in Texas only:Young women may not enter who are open packing or who carry)
 √ Dead End  Do you mean “Cul de Sac?”
Emergency
Open 24/7
Expect on Public Holidays, weekends and the odd day off when we fell like. In emergency call 911.
 √ Fish Only No meat, milk products or vegetables
 √ Cash And Carry “Verstehen Sie, was das bedeutet?”
“Nein, es ist nicht in der Phrase Buch”
 √ No Entry Don’t worry, the other end of the road says the same.
 √ Please Do Not Ask For  
Credit As Refusal Often
Offends
 We’ll accept cash and debit cards though
Look Both Ways Simultaneously?
 √ Employees Must Wash 
Hands Before Returning
To Work
Not necessarily their own hands
 √ Public Telephone For Official Use Only
 √ Give Way To huge, gigantic vehicles that will crush you to death.
 √ Gentlemen Please Adjust
Your Dress Before Leaving
But I’m not wearing one!
 √ Not An Entrance Not an exit either
 √  Fish Only
No meat, milk products or fresh vegetables
 √ We Save YOU Money That’s what everyone else says
 √ Level Crossing            Liars! It’s not level
 √ Do Not Handle Merchandise
Unless You Wish To Purchase
Fondling OK
 √ Street Narrows  How much narrower can it get?
Don’t Litter  Never mind if everyone else does
 √ Stand Clear of Train  Yeah, don’t wandering around the track
  √ Bills over $100 not accepted  We give change in coins only
√ No Tips Accepted
Don’t you want to know of a horse that’s a favourite. Bound to win.
√ Stop at the Red Light
Really?
√ We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service
My money not good enough!
√ Please Do Not Return to Point of Sale
I never found it.
√ Preowned
Thought you said this is a brand new model, just out of the box.
√ Do Lift Barrier
Crawl underneath
√ Never Driven
We always pushed it.
√ Keep Left
Never vote for conservatives
√ Everything 99c
Exceptions may applied, see Store Manager for details. Cash only. Checks not accepted. Fees, Tax not included. No returns. Not warrantied. Buy at your own risk. No wrapping.
√ Speed Bumps
This going to be fun!
√ Beware of Cyclist
They leap out at you and eat your head off.
√ You Have Been Warned
“We’d better go back and look for the other sign!”

“Are you trying to be funny?”

“Not that I’m aware of.”

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 14 April, 2106

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