Tony Roberts

Pet­ted and Fussed Over: Emp­son and Amer­ica

The London Magazine - - NEWS -

af­ter Jules Su­per­vielle

Car­di­nals, rollers, ca­lan­drias and tan­agers, liv­ing flames, birds torn from the sun, drive away, away and away the cruel in­er­tia which has seized my spir­its.

Bram­blings, chaffinches, is it you who’ll come and sur­prise with glow­ing feath­ers this tor­por which has taken such a hold and gives up on each day with­out tast­ing it?

Free, I want at last to over­come this slack­ness, to see the sky mad with joy be­neath an ex­plo­sion of swal­lows, cry­ing of a thou­sand other hori­zons, to live at ease at last in my brain’s gen­tle­ness.

If need be, to shake off this hard­ened sad­ness, I’ll hail, on the thresh­old of hid­den forests, a hap­haz­ard flock of red and green par­rots to crack open my soul in sparks of light.

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