It was good, and some translations are better than others (several different people translate these poems). But overall, I have a feeling he doesn't translate well. The French versions are alongside the translations, but I do not read French. He can be incredibly abstract. I don't think these translations are bad; Mary Ann Caws has a few lovely ones, as does James Wright and several others, but some felt like a near "miss." Still, it's definately worth buying and reading. Sometimes translations grow on me over time.M.
Brilliant divests the Rimbaudian sense of the prose-poem into something more organice, something that refuses, occasionally, the meta-syntax of poetry in favor of delivering ideas, and of course, because Char is brilliant, the work still resounds the way good poetry should. I have formerly only read Leaves of Hypnos, which is truly brilliant, but also somewhat of a departure from Char's poetry as a whole with Hypnoes being closer to a journal (or something; I've always insisted that Leaves of Hypnos is very similar to Georges Bataille's Guilty).Megan
Most beautiful love poem ever written and ever to be written. Check it out. you will find it.S.
I liked a lot of this, but some of it seems beyond me.Mikael
ive said it somewhere else i dont really understand it but its probably better not to understand this degree of sadness