Laurent Grison

Erasing letters

Erasing letters is a personal tribute
to some of the poets who live in my literary world


Abyssinia (Arthur Rimbaud)
The Abyssinian writer
of mute vowels
where is the seer?

A very short history of literature (Anna Akhmatova)

Time (Kyoshi Takahama)
In the house
of time
are made of paper

Prima la musica (Maurice Maeterlinck)
Music guides us
in the incredible maze
of unknown words


Trans-Siberian Railway (Blaise Cendrars)
Warp the snow rail/track
to free
the traveller poet

Perpetual animal (Tristan Tzara)
To open
the poem’s belly
one must use
a sawfish

Drama of the playwright (Thomas Pynchon)
Act 1
Act 2
Act 3

I am music (Rainer Maria Rilke)
In the atrium of the Salle Pleyel
leaning against a column
after listening to the 5th symphony of Anton Bruckner
I wonder with Rainer Maria Rilke
« Wer wenn ich schriee, hörte mich denn aus der Engel Ordnungen ? »


By chance (Stéphane Mallarmé)
On just a throw
we give these dice
to badly armed hands

The paradise of birds (Marianne Moore)
In the paradise of birds
worms are in hell

Oblivion (James Joyce)
idols and men
have in common
that they end up

The last poem (William Butler Yeats)
A cloud closes the sun

Laurent Grison is a French poet, essayist and Art historian. He works regularly with visual artists and musicians.

His most recently published books (poetry) are:
L’œil arpente l’infini (Ed. Jacques Flament, 2017) with the photographer Nathan R. Grison; L’Homme élémentaire (Color Gang, 2016); Le Chien de Zola (Ed. Henry, 2016).

For a complete bibliography, see: www.laurentgrison.com
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