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  • This stone
  • Emmanuel Merle (bio)
    Translated from French by Jennifer Barber

This stone has the densityof a storm sky gatheredwhole in my hand

the cataclysm to comelike a sharp inhalationof the air that remains for meto breathe

To the man who grasps a stonethe world recalls a liferadical and silentabout that which is [End Page 568]

Emmanuel Merle

emmanuel merle’s publications include six books of poetry, a collection of short stories, and four artist’s books. He was awarded the Kowalski Prize (France), the Prix Théophile Gautier from the Académie Française, and the Prix Rhône Alpes du Livre. He lives in Grenoble, France. Translation of Merle’s Amère indienne was supported by the PEN America Center and the Service du Livre of the French Embassy in New York City.

Jennifer Barber

jennifer barber teaches at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, where she edits the journal Salamander. Her poetry collections are Gone Away and Rigging the Wind, both from Kore Press.



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