Excerpt from “Jacques le Sentimentaliste”

from Jacques le Sentimentaliste

Joachim Vas

(translated from the French by Josephine Martin and Hillary Olsen)


Do you remember the image of the fading rose at its last moments

Before memory (yours and mine) consumed it?

The light of your cigarette cast upon it shadows more beautiful

Than even you and I: the shadows that mingle with the smoke from

Your cigarette are dancing in my mind.

Published with permission of the author and the translators. This poem originally appears in the poem anthology Dames Bourgognaises (2011).




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