by Paul Celan
translated from the German by Franz Wright
across a black gray desolation.
grasps the shade of light: there are
to sing past
Paul Celan, was born in Czernovitz, Romania, on November 23, 1920. He is regarded as one of the most important poets to emerge from post-World War II Europe. He committed suicide in 1970.
Franz Wright’s latest book is And Still the Hand Will Sleep in its Glass Ship and his latest translation The Unknown Rilke: Expanded Edition. With the help of a Guggenheim he is working on two new collections of poems. (1991)