[ilds] The solace of such work. . . .and truth

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Sun Sep 16 14:38:21 PDT 2007

Thank you.
Surely, you, all of you, forget that some of us 
(ha!) do not deal with this every day.
I have found it in the 1962 edition of Dutton's 
'The poetry of Laurence Durrell"... now I can tune 
Thanks again,


Charles Sligh wrote:

> Marc has written with a request for clarification about the "Paris Journal." 
> Jamie can continue his reading of the poem from within that biographical
> context, and meanwhile here follows the entire poem for reference.
> Charles
> ***
> [from Collected Poems: 1931-1974 (1985), Faber and Faber]
> For David Gascoyne (1939)
> Monday escapes destruction.
> Record a vernal afternoon,
> Tea on the lawn with mother,
> A parochial interest in love, etc.
> By the deviation of a hair,
> Is death so far, so far, no further.
> Tuesday: visibility good: and Wednesday.
> A little thunder, some light showers.
> A library book about the universe.
> The absence of a definite self.
> O and already by Friday hazardous,
> To Saturday begins the slow reverse.
> A Saturday without form. By midnight
> The equinox seems forever gone:
> Yet the motionless voice repeating:
> 'Bless the hills in paradigms of smoke,
> Manhair, Maidenhair meeting.'
> But today Sunday. The pit.
> The axe and the knot. Cannot write.
> The monster in its booth.
> At a quarter to one the mask repeating:
> 'Truth is what is
> Truth is what is Truth?'
> 1943/1939
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