In Which Archibald Lampman / Translates Arthur Rimbaud
Matin means morning or sometimes, wakening sky when night’s dying shadows and old superstitions meet the stirring of the sun writing hope in blood and gold above the marble quays and laurel woods like warm breath on silence
Le Temps s’écoulera means Time shall flow or sometimes, the world marches on when the hallucination of words empties and refills the drawing rooms and schools and the woodyards of our youth with the woeful felicity of a quaint morning melodrama or a high sovereign creed
Le chant des cieux means the song of the heavens or sometimes, the lament of the winds for though the city bells are singing in their hollow towers echoing endless Ave Marias I can still hear the Goddess whispering broken in grief and dim old age dying slowly away like mist in the morning
Rêver et attendre means to dream and to wait or sometimes, somehow, my spirit is asleep when the pale broken sun that lured our youth and disordered our minds is beaten smooth to gleaming silver we will finally be free to drink the alchemy of the Word in a long Circean draught
L’aube d’été means summer dawn or sometimes, morning summons when the sun breaks dull red and the outer verges of my sleep slowly vanish to the sound of sparrows and fresh light as I stir in the morning and weep in mourning for the antiquity of your wisdom
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
as part of above/ground press’ thirtieth anniversary
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
Grant Wilkins is a printer, papermaker and occasional poet from Ottawa who has made a practice of doing strange things to other people’s words. He has degrees in History & Classical Civilization and in English, and he likes ink, metal, paper, letters, sounds and words, and combinations thereof.
This is Wilkins’ second above/ground press chapbook, after Reading The Great Classics Of Canlit through Book 5 of bpNichol’s The Martyrology (2022).
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