English poetry

Poems in English

Je Suis

Poem by Anne-Marie Derése Je suis le fer rouge Sur l’èpaule du condamnè, Le gibet et la corde, La hache […]

I Am

Poem by Anne-Marie Derése, translated by Judith Skillman. I am the red brand On the shoulder of the condemned, The […]

Tu m’as donnè une arme

Poem by Anne-Marie Derése. Tu m’as donnè une arme Dans le troupeau humain, Tu as lancè tes mots Commes des […]

La nuit s’ouvre, l’orage

Poem by Anne-Marie Derése La nuit s’ouvre, l’orage, Accouplement mauve, Boursouflure. Le ciel chargè Comme un bateau marchand Jette l’ancre. […]

Forgive Me

Poem by Anne-Marie Derése, translated by Judith Skillman. Forgive me if I have laughed In your chapels, Forgive me if […]

Face Stolen From a Bird

Poem by Anne-Marie Derése, translated by Judith Skillman. I don’t know who you’re hiding Behind your mask, Your face stolen […]

You’ve given me a weapon

Poem by Anne-Marie Derése, translated by Judith Skillman. You’ve given me a weapon. You’ve flung your words Into the human […]

La dètresse s’enroule

Poem by Anne-Marie Derése. Le volcan en attente au fond de nous Ronge, creuse, tremble, Soupése ses chances. La dètresse […]

Tic Douloureux

The trigger is sensation. The violin’s a dirty animal. I want you to take away the suddenness. Pain up the […]

Field Thistle

Herb and spine, The flat-fisted dream Of stars and dew Formed when he walked With his telescope Through grasses spotted […]

Bourne

When the Cherry Rustles above her head She hardly realizes Why she leaves Her clothes on the rocks, Passes a […]

The Vagaries of Fishes

After they passed beneath us I could tell More would be coming, beneath the sand, Under the bejeweled sky, under […]

Visage volè l’oiseau

Poem by Anne-Marie Derése Je ne sais qui tu caches Sous ton visage inventè, Ton visage volè l’oiseau, Emprisonnè de […]