Nathaniel Tarn

(1928 / Paris)

Nathaniel Tarn Poems

1. Ancestors 5/16/2011
2. Unravelling / Shock 8/21/2014
3. Before The Snake 1/20/2003
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Before The Snake

Sitting, facing the sun, eyes closed. I can hear the
sun. I can hear the bird life all around for miles.
It flies through us and around us, it takes up all
space, as if we were not there, as if we had never
interrupted this place. The birds move diorami-
cally through our heads, from ear to ear. What
are they doing, singing in this luminous fall. It is
marvelous to be so alone, the two of us, in this
garden desert. Forgotten, but remembering
ourselves as no one will ever remember us. The
space between the trees, the bare ground-sand
between them, you ...

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