Designed to acquaint an English-speaking public with a major element of Belgian literature, this bilingual anthology comprises poems and prose poems through twenty-eight girls, provided in chronological order in line with their date of start. A biobibliographical precis introduces each one writer. a wide selection of subject matters, types, moods, and poetic routine are represented. The foreword bargains a normal survey of the Belgian poetic scene from a literary and sociological standpoint.
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One may love her with impunity, for she exists so slightly. 40 Andrée Sodenkamp Du lilas Du lilas, si tu savais comme c’est pudique et tendre. Cela crie sous la bouche comme un oiseau blessé, l’élan d’un thyrse, la douce fatigue des fleurs sous la journée. Tu mâcherais sur elles la douleur de Mai. Cela va tellement plus loin que Toi, que ta permanence, ton ennuyeuse éternité de cent ans. Cela crie de jeunesse fragile, violette, refusée. C’est comme un murmure de femme dans un arbre, le halètement violent de cent bouches prises, la fatigue d’une volupté avare, d’une histoire d’amour qui cède, bouche à bouche, branche à branche avec de faibles lueurs de lèvres touchées.
At one of the palaces I chance to press a portal Lighter than a bubble, a god shines forth and flees, Kisses sound like the soft rustling of autumn leaves Around empty beds with yellowed satin sheets. 36 Andrée Sodenkamp Mon livre Mon livre est sorti, jeune coq dont j’écoute le cri se répercuter de proche en proche. Je ne suis plus que des débris de coquilles. Est-ce vrai ce qu’on dit que je suis un bon poète? Je regarde cette phrase avec une sorte de terreur.
She may have your soul, but I proclaim Your body mine! I have you in the flesh; she has the memory. I hold you close, feel your caress . . She may have your heart, I claim the glory Of your senses! ****** Summer As we wandered through fields that noontime sets aflame, We felt desire’s fevers coursing through our veins. We lay by a knoll, closely embracing, Under skies of blue, less blue than our souls, Under a blazing sun, less strong than the fire Of our senses consumed by love overwhelming. We then sought the cool ponds and the shade of willows; I placed my hands on your shoulders, like so, To more fully absorb your beautiful features .