Poem: I Can Still See You – Paul Celan

Paul Celan

 

Paul Celan (1920-1970) is a major German-language poet of the post World War II era. Here is a short poem from his collection Lichtzwang (1970)

I Can Still See You

I can still see you: an echo
that can be groped towards with antenna
words, on the ridge of
parting.

Your face quietly shies
when suddenly
there is lamplike brightness
inside me, just at the point
where most painfully one says, never.

 

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