Paul Celan
Crystal by Paul Celan

Crystal by Paul Celan

not on my lips look for your mouth,not in front of the gate for the stranger,not in the eye for the tear.seven nights higher red makes for red,seven hearts deeper the hand knocks ...

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Mandorla by Paul Celan

Mandorla by Paul Celan

In the Almond – what dwells in the Almond?Nothing.Nothing dwells in the Almond.There it dwells and dwells. In Nothing – what dwells there? The King.There dwells the King, the ...

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Death Fugue by Paul Celan

Death Fugue by Paul Celan

Black milk of daybreak we drink it at sundownwe drink it at noon in the morning we drink it at nightwe drink it and drink itwe dig a grave in the breezes there one lies ...

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Fugue Of Death by Paul Celan

Fugue Of Death by Paul Celan

Black milk of daybreak we drink it at nightfallwe drink it at noon in the morning we drink it at nightwe drink it and drink itwe are digging a grave in the sky it is ample to lie ...

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Alchemical by Paul Celan

Alchemical by Paul Celan

Silence, like Gold cooked incharredHands. Vast, grey,near as all that is LostSisterly-Shape: All the Names, all the with-Burnt upNames. So muchAsh to be blessed. So muchLand ...

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Your Hand by Paul Celan

Your Hand by Paul Celan

Your hand full of hours, you came to me – and I said:‘Your hair is not brown.’You lifted it, lightly,on to the balance of grief,it was heavier than I. They come to you on their ...

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In Front Of A Candle by Paul Celan

In Front Of A Candle by Paul Celan

I formed the holder of gold,as you told me to mother,gold, out of which She comes,a shade, to me, in the middleof fracturing hours,yourbeing-dead’s daughter. Slender in shape,a ...

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Landscape by Paul Celan

Landscape by Paul Celan

tall poplars -- human beings of this earth!black pounds of happiness -- you mirror them to death!I saw you, sister, stand in that effulgence.

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Night Ray by Paul Celan

Night Ray by Paul Celan

Most brightly of all burned the hair of my evening loved one:to her I send the coffin of lightest wood.Waves billow round it as round the bed of our dream in Rome;it wears a white ...

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Flower by Paul Celan

Flower by Paul Celan

The stone.The stone in the air, which I followed.Your eye, as blind as the stone.We werehands,we baled the darkness empty, we foundthe word that ascended summer:flower.Flower - a ...

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This Evening Also by Paul Celan

This Evening Also by Paul Celan

more fully,since snow fell even on thissun-drifted, sun-drenched sea,blossoms the ice in those basketsyou carry into town.sandyou demand in return,for the lastrose back at ...

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Corona by Paul Celan

Corona by Paul Celan

Autunm eats its leaf out of my hand: we are friends.From the nuts we shell time and we teach it to walk:then time returns to the shell.In the mirror it's Sunday,in dream there is ...

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The Poles by Paul Celan

The Poles by Paul Celan

The Polesare within us,insurmountablewhile Awake,we sleep across, to the Gateof Mercy, I lose you to you, thatis my Snow-Comfort, say, that Jerusalem is, say, as if I were ...

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Psalm by Paul Celan

Psalm by Paul Celan

No-man kneads us again out of Earth and Loam,no-man spirits our Dust.No-man. Praise to you, No-man.For love of youwe will flower.Movingtowards you. A Nothingwe were, we are, we ...

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With Every Thought by Paul Celan

With Every Thought by Paul Celan

With every Thought I wentout of the World: there you were,you my Gentle One, you my Open One, and –you received us. Whosays that for us everything died,that for us there the Eye ...

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Homecoming by Paul Celan

Homecoming by Paul Celan

Snowfall, denser and denser,dove-coloured as yesterday,snowfall, as if even now you were sleeping.White, stacked into distance.Above it, endless,the sleigh track of the ...

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Aspen Tree by Paul Celan

Aspen Tree by Paul Celan

Aspen Tree, your leaves glance white into the dark.My mother's hair was never white.Dandelion, so green is the Ukraine.My yellow-haired mother did not come home.Rain cloud, above ...

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I Hear by Paul Celan

I Hear by Paul Celan

I hear, the Axe has flowered,I hear, the Place is un-nameable, I hear, the Bread, that looks on him,heals the Hanged-Man,the Bread, his Wife baked for him, I hear, they name ...

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Little Night by Paul Celan

Little Night by Paul Celan

Little Night: when youtake me within, within,up there,three Pain-Inches abovethe Floor: all the Shroud-Coats of Sand,all the Help-Nots,all, that stilllaughswith the Tongue -

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Twelve Years by Paul Celan

Twelve Years by Paul Celan

The linethat remained, thatbecame true: . . . yourhouse in Paris -- becomethe alterpiece of your hands.Breathed through thrice,shone through thrice....................It's turning ...

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I Can Still See You by Paul Celan

I Can Still See You by Paul Celan

I can still see you: an Echo,to be touched with Feeler-Words, on the Parting-Ridge. Your face softly shies away,when all at once there islamp-like brightnessin me, at the ...

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O Little Root Of A Dream by Paul Celan

O Little Root Of A Dream by Paul Celan

0 little root of a dream you hold me here undermined by blood, no longer visible to anyone, property of death.Curve a facethat there may be speech, of earth, of ardor, ofthings ...

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Count The Almonds by Paul Celan

Count The Almonds by Paul Celan

Count the Almonds,count, what was bitter, watched for you,count me in: I sought your Eye, as it opened and no one announcedyou,I spun that hidden Thread,on which the Dew, of your ...

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Ice, Eden by Paul Celan

Ice, Eden by Paul Celan

There is a Land that’s Lost,Moon waxes in its Reeds,and all that’s turned to frostwith us, burns there and sees. It sees, for it has Eyes,Earths they are, and bright.Night, Night, ...

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When You Lie by Paul Celan

When You Lie by Paul Celan

When you liein the Bed of lost Flag-Cloth,with blue-black Syllables, in Snow-Eyelash-Shadow,the Crane through Thought-showers,comes gliding, steely-you open for him. His beak ...

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Only When by Paul Celan

Only When by Paul Celan

Only whenas a Shade I touch you,will you believe myMouth, that climbs with Late-Minded things up therearound theTime-Courts, you come to the Hostof the Twice-Using amongthe ...

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Afternoon Of Circus And Citadel by Paul Celan

Afternoon Of Circus And Citadel by Paul Celan

In Brest, before the Fire-Hoops burning,In the Tent, where Tigers sprang,there I heard you, Finite, singing,there I saw you, Mandelstam. The Sky hung over the Roadstead,the Gull, ...

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Vinegrowers by Paul Celan

Vinegrowers by Paul Celan

Vinegrowers dig up digunder the darkhoured watch,depth for depth,you read,the invisibleone commands the windto stay in bounds,you read,the Open Ones carrythe stone behind the ...

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Whorish Other-When by Paul Celan

Whorish Other-When by Paul Celan

Whorish other-when. And Eternityblood-black en-babelled. Mud-drownedwith your loamy Locksmy Faith. Two Fingers, hand-far,row towards a swampyVow.

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On My Right by Paul Celan

On My Right by Paul Celan

On my Right – who? The Death-Woman.And you, on my Left, you? The Wandering-Sickles in extra-heavenly Placemime themselves grey-whiteMoon-Swallows, together,Star-Swifts, I plunge ...

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With The Voice by Paul Celan

With The Voice by Paul Celan

With the voice of the Field-mouseYou squeak up, a sharpClamp,you bite through my Shirt into the Skin, a Cloth,you slither over my Mouth,in the midst of my,to you, Shadow, ...

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Stuttered-Over-Again World by Paul Celan

Stuttered-Over-Again World by Paul Celan

Stuttered-over-again World,where I shall have beena Guest, a Name,sweated down from the Wall,that a Wound licks up.

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The Trumpet-Part by Paul Celan

The Trumpet-Part by Paul Celan

The Trumpet-Partdeep in the glowingText-Voidat Torch-Height,in the Time-Hole: listen inwith your Mouth.

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There Was Earth by Paul Celan

There Was Earth by Paul Celan

There was Earth in them, andthey dug. They dug and they dug, and sotheir Day went by, and their Night. And they did not praise God,who, so they heard, wanted all this,who, so they ...

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Illegibility by Paul Celan

Illegibility by Paul Celan

Illegibility of thisWorld. All twice-over. Robust Clocksagree the Cracked-Hour,hoarsely. You, clamped in your Depths,climb out of yourselffor ever.

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The Straitening by Paul Celan

The Straitening by Paul Celan

*Driven into theterrainwith the unmistakable track:grass, written asunder. The stones, white,with the shadows of grassblades:Do not read any more - look!Do not look any more - ...

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To Stand In The Shadow by Paul Celan

To Stand In The Shadow by Paul Celan

To stand in the Shadowof the Wound’s-Mark in the Air. For no-one and nothing to Stand.Unknown,for youalone. With all, that within finds Room,even withoutSpeech.

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Tenebrae by Paul Celan

Tenebrae by Paul Celan

We are near, Lord,near and at hand.Handled already, Lord,clawed and clawing as thoughthe body of each of us wereyour body, Lord.Pray, Lord,pray to us,we are near.Wind-awry we went ...

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Tallow Lamp by Paul Celan

Tallow Lamp by Paul Celan

The monks with hairy fingers opened the book: September.Now Jason pelts with snow the newly sprouting grain.The forest gave you a necklace of hands. So dead you walk the rope.To ...

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