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The Alchemy of the Body and Other Poems
Juan Garcia and Marc Plourde (Translator)
Guernica Editions, Spring 1983
48 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9780919349254
ISBN10: 0919349250
English, French
Translated from the French
$15.00 Canada, $15.00 US

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I listened to your prayer, I listened to the sun burning in the leaves, I listened to it passing very near to men and women in a state of quiet possession, I listened from a distance to the inner-life lived out and I could no longer distinguish between night and day. It was higher and simpler and more demanding than transformation or metamorphosis, it was like the solitude one must feel when suddenly reaching not one's own truth but the undeniable existence of the Other. That is what I hear when I listen to these revelation-poems. They signal not so much the term as the beginning of great discovery. They invite us to enter into the thick of an essential night. -- Jacques Brault
Your body has slopes that open infinity to me/ there where we would seal the sun in our eyes/ and deep in the blood the silence of fresh water/ holds the old gossip of a stream among the leaves

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