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Leiris, Michel: Vertical (Vertical in English)

Portre of Leiris, Michel

Vertical (French)

Sur nos têtes

l’espace finement zébré

et parfois le labour des courants d’air violents


Charge de nuages vivants

horizon des épaules


A la ceinture

l’échevèlement des routes

les souches ensoleillées du coeur



soif du sol laminé

vers la roche des genoux


Sous nos pieds

morceau de ciel noirci

l’ombre que nous découpons

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Vertical (English)

On our heads

the finely striped space

and sometimes the work of swift gusts of air


Charge of living clouds

the shoulders’ horizon


At the waist

the tousled routes

the sunny stumps of the heart



thirst of the threadbare earth

toward the rock of knee


Beneath our feet

piece of blackened sky

the shadow we cut

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