Matthieu Baumier
translation by Elizabeth Brunazzi



                                        To the memory of René Char


I am writing from this instant
the aftertime of the world’s end.

There where
Tears of rain flow
Where words take the secret shapes
Of indecipherable vigils.

I am living through the passage of the soul
There where
Stones inscribe
The landscape in flames.

I am living in the wake of phantom armies
And my eye comprehends only this silence.

I am writing from this instant the aftertime of the world’s end
And I assume a smile
Torn from the blood of stars.

I say this:

Let prose go silent now
And let the spirit of water spring forth.


Matthieu Baumier: Born in 1968, Matthieu Baumier is a French writer and author of published novels, essays and poetry. His poetry is featured in many French reviews and magazines including: Agora (Spain), Ditch (Canada), Polja (Serbia), The French Literary Review (United Kingdom), Poezjia magazine (Croatia), Word Riot (United States), Poetry Quarterly (United States), OVS (United States), Groenlandia (Argentina), The Indian Review (India), Sand (Berlin). He is currently chief editor of the international online poetry review, the first issue published on May 15th, 2012.

Elizabeth Brunazzi: Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Elizabeth Brunazzi is a poet, translator and essayist currently living in Paris.


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MadHat, Issue 15, Winter 2013-2014