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This poem is taken from PN Review 24, Volume 8 Number 4, March - April 1982.

Territories (translated by Stephen Romer) Jean Follain

Translation from Territoires (Gallimard, 1953)
translated by Stephen Romer

TRACT

Gleaming like the hide
of a savage beast
a man's
tall silk hat
sits on his narrow skull
a woman leans on his arm
round them the coalyards
and the piles of sand
stock the bloodless tract
that is their life
but a schoolboy studies
algebra and geometry
in a neutral
pure white room.

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