Same old story

Jean Follain
Translated from the French by Ciaran Carson

A crow spends the nighton a columnthe earthbedecks itself in primrosessomeone delicately breaksthe shell of an eggwithout even thinking of death.It all comes to the same thinga woman hears herself say in a dreamher head on the hem of the sheet.

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Jean Follain (1903–1971) was born in Canisy, in Normandy. His first book of poems is La Main chaude (1933). He published eight subsequent volumes of poetry, as well as prose work.

Poet and novelist Ciaran Carson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1948. His collections of poetry include The Irish for No (1987), winner of the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award; Belfast Confetti (1990), which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Poetry; and First Language (1993), winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize. His prose includes The Star Factory (1997) and Fishing for Amber (1999).

Poetry London

Summer 2018


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