”Les mots ’triste’ et ’transparent.’ ” Phillipe Jaccottet ”Couleurs, la-bas”

Lines of Jaccottet

in perfect English: tender blue

after a wild night.

No lingerings left:

the morning after, no sum-

mer haze, naked light

of winter. A walk

to the bay: above high tide

radiant cordgrass.


Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

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