Sunday, February 8th

by musicclipoftheday

old school

Soul Revivals, “If You Miss Me,” c. 1975



reading table

Speak, You Also
by Paul Celan (1920-1970, translated from German by Michael Hamburger)

Speak, you also,
speak as the last,
have your say.

But keep yes and no unsplit.
And give your say this meaning:
give it the shade.

Give it shade enough,
give it as much
as you know has been dealt out between
midnight and midday and midnight.

Look around:
look how it all leaps alive—
where death is! Alive!
He speaks truly who speaks the shade.

But now shrinks the place where you stand:
Where now, stripped by shade, will you go?
Upward. Grope your way up.
Thinner you grow, less knowable, finer.
Finer: a thread by which
it wants to be lowered, the star:
to float farther down, down below
where it sees itself gleam: in the swell
of wandering words.