Paul Celan–“Was uns … ” / “What tossed us …”

Liverpool Street station crowd blur (victoriapeckham-GIMPed)

Was uns
zusammenwarf,
schrickt auseinander,

ein Weltstein, sonnenfern,
summt.

Paul Celan

What tossed us
together,
startles apart,

a worldstone, sun-distant,
hums.

——————–
SOURCES: Text: Lichtzwang.
Image: Based on Liverpool Street station crowd blur by victoriapeckham (Licensed Creative Commons by 2.0)

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~ by matt on 30 September 2009.

One Response to “Paul Celan–“Was uns … ” / “What tossed us …””

  1. Readers–Jeffrey J. Cohen has recorded some memorable reflections on this poem, Paul Celan, and Stone at his blog Future Lost Archive. Also, his post includes a really striking photograph of a stone relief that is part of Paris’ Mémorial du Martyr Juif Inconnu –a place I must visit soon.

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