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Ma chandelle est morte.

My mother's bedroom has flowered wallpaper Wallpaper with paper flowers My mother will abort a black and red prince A gnome with a harelip A thousand blue and yellow stripes will delight my wakings I remain the handsomest the wisest I remain the best of my mother's sons And my mother with her profile drawn on the wall Has gone out early to drink absinthe Or but bread or wash my underpants Or sell my underpants and hers to no one Mouse with red cheese time is passing Mouse my gray sister you speak with your nails A hole hides a trap An evening hides a day A morning is never anything but a tired evening Of this day too much like the day beyond the window.

Pierre Martory is the author of a novel, Phebus. His collection of poems, Every Question But One, is forthcoming from Sheep Meadow Press in a bilingual edition with translations by John Ashbery. His poetry has appeared in several publications including Poetry, The New Yorker, and o/blek.

John Ashbery is the Charles P. Stevenson, Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. In 1992 he received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and the Antonio Feltrinelli International Prize for Poetry.
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Author:Martory, Pierre; Ashbery, John
Publication:The American Poetry Review
Date:Sep 1, 1993
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