Jean Arp Poems
- The Domestic Stones (Fragment) (Translated from the French...
- The Air Is A Root The air is a root. The stones are filled ...
- Kaspar Is Dead (Translated by G P Skratz) o god ...
- The Plain I was alone with a chair on a plain Which lost ...
- Sekundenzeiger daß ich als ich ein und zwei ...
- Die Schwalbenhode 1. weh unser guter kaspar ist tot wer ...
- WestÖLiche Rosen 1 die rosen werden an die hüte ...
Jean Arp / Hans Arp was a German-French, or Alsatian, sculptor, painter, poet and abstract artist in other media such as torn and pasted paper.
When Arp spoke in German he referred to himself as "Hans", and when he spoke in French he referred to himself as "Jean". Many people believe that he was born Hans and later changed his name to Jean, but this is not the case.
Arp was born in Strasbourg. The son of a French mother and a German father, he was born during the period following the Franco-Prussian War when the area was known as Alsace-Lorraine (Elsass-Lothringen in German) after it had been returned to Germany by France. ... more »
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The Domestic Stones (Fragment)
(Translated from the French by David Gascoyne)
The feet of morning the feet of noon and the feet of evening
walk ceaselessly round pickled buttocks
on the other hand the feet of midnight remain motionless
in their echo-woven baskets
consequently the lion is a diamond
on the sofas made of bread
are seated the dressed and the undressed
the undressed hold leaden swallows between their toes
the dressed hold leaden nests between their fingers
at all hours the undressed get dressed again
and the dressed get undressed
and exchange the leaden ...