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Three Times Three Ellipses, and: Trois Points de Suspension

From: Colorado Review
Volume 40, Number 1, Spring 2013
pp. 128-129 | 10.1353/col.2013.0035

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Three Times Three Ellipses

To the Manes of Jean-Paul Soïme, Curtis Louisar, and Henri Guédon

Now even you have left, you too?
Alas, our musician friends droop
Little by little slip from view

Curtis Louisar, Henri Guédon . . .
Our musical friends are gone
Each humming his song

Alone, without trumpet or rasp
They beg the Fête to last . . .
Resounding in us at full blast

“Aganila,” “La Filo,” jazz in Creole
A tune from guitar or viol—
Who knows?—a sound that consoles

With an extra bit of melodious soul
A biblical anagram beat transposed
A riff, a harmonious show . . .

Nothing morose nor fi lled with distress
Music above all the rest
With nothing that weighs or remains at rest

Pointe des Nègres, August 9, 2007

Trois Points de Suspension

Aux Mânes de Jean-Paul Soïme, Curtis Louisar et Henri Guédon

Te voici parti, toi aussi?
Las, nos musiciens amis
S'éclipsent petit à petit

Curtis Louisar, Henri Guédon . . .
Nos amis musiciens s'en vont
Chacun fredonnant sa chanson

Solitaire, sans bruit ni trompette
En priant que ne cesse la Fête . . .
Qu’en nous résonnent à tue-tête

« Aganila », « La Filo », un jazz créole
Un air de guitare ou de viole
—On ne sait—un son qui console

En mélodieux supplément d’âme
Un rythme de biblique anagramme
Un boeuf, un harmonieux programme . . .

Rien d’angoissant ni de morose
De la musique avant toute chose
Sans rien qui pèse ou qui pose

Pointe des Nègres, 9 août 2007

Suzanne Dracius  

Suzanne Dracius, author and playwright from Martinique, won the Prize of the Society of French Poets for the body of her work, as well as the Prix Fetkann for her poetry collection. Dracius’s work emphasizes Martinique’s complex cultural history and its shaping by Asian, European, and African cultures.

Nancy Naomi Carlson  

Winner of grants from the Maryland Arts Council and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Nancy Naomi Carlson is the author of Stone Lyre: Poems of René Char. She is an associate editor for Tupelo Press and teaches at the Bethesda Writer’s Center.


Translator’s note: Jean-Paul Soïme (died on August 9, 2007) was a Martiniquan violinist, composer, and author whose group Malavoi performed “La Filo.” Soïme is an anagram for Moïse (Moses). Curtis Louisar (died in April 2007) was a Martiniquan singer and guitarist who wrote the song “Aganila.” Henri Guédon (died in February 2006) was a Martiniquan percussionist, painter, and sculptor. The last two lines of this poem come from Verlaine’s “Art poétique.”

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Suzanne Dracius. and Nancy Naomi Carlson. "Three Times Three Ellipses, and: Trois Points de Suspension." Colorado Review 1.1 (2013): 128-129. Project MUSE. Web. 10 Jun. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Dracius, S. & Carlson, N. N.(2013). Three Times Three Ellipses, and: Trois Points de Suspension. Colorado Review 1(1), 128-129. Center for Literary Publishing. Retrieved June 10, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Suzanne Dracius and Nancy Naomi Carlson. "Three Times Three Ellipses, and: Trois Points de Suspension." Colorado Review 1, no. 1 (2013): 128-129. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed June 10, 2013).
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