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This poem is taken from PN Review 167, Volume 32 Number 3, January - February 2006.

Two Poems (translated by Marilyn Hacker) Guy Goffette

Cuckoo's Bread


Like anywhere else, the sky in Bezons
is up above the rooftops, and few below
bother themselves about the quality of such a
common stuff - except perhaps the old boxer

who can't sleep anymore and broods over
his approaching end at the third-floor window
in the Cité des Lilas while the little
pavilions of mill-dust are one with

memory, forgetfulness, of lean days and
hard bread. That was yesterday and that remains
like a recalled sky, a more

and more patched-over blue: my father
coming home from work, his hands
bare and battered by the flowered plate.


What flavour it still keeps here, on the detour

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