Poetry November 2012

Memo

Build fire and read
the future in smoke

Carry out ash and
scatter over head

Be sure
not to look back

Try out
the art of metamorphosis

Paint face
with cinnebar

As a sign
of grief

(Translated from the German by Iain Galbraith)
 

W. G. Sebald (1944–2001) was the author of several acclaimed works of literature, including The Emigrants (1992), The Rings of Saturn (1995), and Austerlitz (2001). Iain Galbraith’s translation of Sebald’s selected poems, Across the Land and the Water, was published in the U.S. this year.
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