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Within the Dead Mouth: First Part
Bruno Grégorire



WHERE
risking a heavier step, a sole,
without a cracking bone going back through the veins,
swelling, assaulting the temples,
reversing the vertigo?

We inherited nothing which mourning
would'nt precede towards the word.





ACCEPT, TO STEP IN,
this lamp enclosing almost your harm--
solely
two hands separate the night and your destiny,
slowly awakening,
opening their dance of ending.

In the belly ripes the wait
of the fruit, and the tree dies without speaking.





LUNAR
fearful, memory's collapsing the threshold, sieving it
with the flight of its iminent preys.

On its desert the eye returned,
as looking to decipher the rain





CHOKED in its own flesh,
splinter under the bark,
the word handed over to the link of the lips.
Of which silence the chip's
piercing the silence--





WITHIN THE DEAD MOUTH, upset,
the stone has cracked:
lowly braze that its own splinter's
consenting towards the neck and the sky.

Yet the snow will patiently cover this coarpse,
the evening will come deserted.





BELOVED IN THE MARBLE VEINS,
flaw


so much stroked towards the day;


absent, crystalline pain,
the ever bruising of the lips:

Aora.





ON YOUR CLOSED CHEST you'll gather
our arms together as a sole winter
ruined by the shadow of your steps;

Towards the same whiteness under your forehead
through the peaks of the wild weed
will show the gold of your decline.





Bruno Grégoire,"Within the Dead Mouth", 1993, translated by Géraldine Postel.

Bruno Grégoire was born in 1960 in France. Beyond his contributions to numerous publications (poems, reviews and the translation of the Mexican poet José Carlos Becerra), he has published Niger, 1990 (AEncrages & Co); Vies Silencieuses in collaboration with Philippe Salus and the photographs of Eric Pineau, 1990 (Mydriase), and Dans la bouche morte, 1993 (Obsidiane). L'usure l'étoile, to be published (Obsidiane).


jacques darras | bruno grégoire | olivier apert

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