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This poem is taken from PN Review 259, Volume 47 Number 5, May - June 2021.

From Poets’ Calendar
translated by Cole Swensen
Michelle Grangaud
November 1
  • Ezra Pound prepares for his move to the San Michele Cemetery on the L’île des Morts.
  • Joë Bousquet is full of hope. ‘If my health holds up, I’m well on my way to making good progress on my six volumes all at the same time.’

November 2
  • Hetty, saying nothing, presses her cheek against Adam’s face; he’s just asked her: But do you really love me?
  • Philippe Bridau, condemned to five years of police surveillance, arrives in Issoudun and presents himself to the police commissioner to establish the date of his arrival.
  • Katalin Molnár, preparing her konférans pour lé zilétré, closes the Ko 52 file, titled kon.matèt4, at 3:07 pm.

November 3
  • Crusoe goes out with his gun, kills two birds that look like ducks, and finds them delicious. In the afternoon, he starts work on a table.
  • In Paris, where the snow is getting too muddy, Valery Larbaud doesn’t want to trudge all the way to the Bibliothèque Nationale and so stops at the Sainte-Geneviève Library and presents his B.N. card as identification. For a second, he thinks that the librarian is going to recognise him as a writer, but then notices that he’s written his name down as Valérie Lartaud.
  • The two Tsvetaeva sisters (Marina and Anastasia) and another young poet there for the first time, Vladimir Mayakovsky, recite their poems at a literary soirée in Moscow.


November 20
  • Gide writes in the notebook for The Counterfeiters that it’s been ‘a number of months’ since he’s written anything in the notebook.
  • Zola thanks Henry Céard for the information that he gave him on ways that an official can embezzle funds.
  • In an article on Baudelaire, Verlaine declares that art is indispensable to morality.


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