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Translated from the French by Phil Sugden
Published: Fri Oct 15 1976
Wosene Worke Kosrof, The Inventor V (detail), 2022, acrylic on linen. Courtesy of Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
Red Ice

Translated from the French by Phil Sugden
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In 1812 in Russia
when the soldiers retreated
their strong wine froze
in among corpses
of men and horses
a pick-axe
had to cut shares
even for the dying
from the block of red ice
shaped like a casket
that no museum
could have preserved.

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Jean Follain (1903–1971) was a French author who published nine books of poetry and one work of prose.

Phil Sugden graduated last year from Sheffield University in England. (updated 1976)

 

AGNI has published the following translations:

Red Ice by Jean Follain

 

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