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In the Shadow's Light

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This bilingual edition of the contemporary master's fifth work, Ce qui fut sans lumi, re, will delight, engage, and stir all lovers of poetry. Included here is an extensive new interview with the poet in English translation.

"Included here is a very helpful and touchingly personal interview with the poet. . . . For readers with no prior knowledge of Bonnefoy's work, this vo
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Hardcover, 190 pages
Published February 26th 1991 by University Of Chicago Press (first published February 26th 1990)
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Bruce
Mar 28, 2012 Bruce rated it it was amazing
Yves Bonnefoy is France’s current preeminent man of letters, and this small volume is one of his collections of poetry. I’d not read any of his work before, and I enjoyed being introduced to his work. These poems are translated by John Naughton, and at the end of the book there is a long interview of Bonnefoy by Naughton. I found it helpful to read the interview before beginning the poems themselves, because it locates the poems in terms of geography and time. It also provides a philosophical or ...more
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Jan 10, 2017 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
We were looking at our trees from up
On the terrace we loved, the sun
Lingered near us this time as well,
But at a certain distance, a silent guest
In the doorway of the house in ruins,
Which we had left full of light to his power.

Look, I told you, he slides against the uneven,
Incomprehensible stone we lean upon
The shadow cast by our mingling shoulders,
And the one made by the almond trees close by;
And even the shadow of the tops of the walls that blends
With the others, riddled with holes, charred bar
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Dec 19, 2012 Terresa rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, return-to
Notable excerpts:

p. 5: I do not want to know the question rising.
p. 7: This face that is the earth itself.
p. 13: One can sometimes/ touch, in the distance between two people,/A moment of another person's endless dream
p. 19: The work of mending in the world never ends.

>>Note to self: I need to return to this again (to finish, to dream).<<
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Jan 11, 2014 Troy Richter rated it it was amazing
Really beautiful verse about an old guy wandering around his property, looking at the fire place, snow, etc whilst having subtle recollections
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Yves Bonnefoy (born June 24, 1923) was a French poet and essayist. Bonnefoy was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, the son of a railroad worker and a teacher.

His works have been of great importance in post-war French literature, at the same time poetic and theoretical, examining the meaning of the spoken and written word. He also published a number of translations, most notably Shakespeare and publish
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