Paul Celan

(Cernăuţi, Bukovin) Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Paul Celan
(Cernăuţi, Bukovin) Chernivtsi, Ukraine
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Tallow Lamp

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The monks with hairy fingers opened the book: September.
Now Jason pelts with snow the newly sprouting grain.
The forest gave you a necklace of hands. So dead you walk the rope.
To your hair a darker blue is imparted; I speak of love.
Shells I speak and light clouds, and a boat buds in the rain.
A little stallion gallops across the leafing fingers--
Black the gate leaps open, I sing:
How did we live here?

(from Mohn und Gedachtnis by Paul Celan, trans. by Michael Hamburger)
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Fabrizio Frosini 16 October 2015
A tallow lamp is an old form of lighting which makes use of 'tallow' as its fuel source.
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Fabrizio Frosini 05 August 2015
''... I speak of love. Shells I speak and light clouds, and a boat buds in the rain.'' AMAZING! ! ! ! ! BELLISSIMO.. so beautiful! ! !
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