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Exercise for the Evening

Poetry Jean-Paul de Dadelsen
Translated from the French by Marilyn Hacker

Stop. Instead of panting and gasping from second to second / Like a torrent hurtling from rock to rock with no special merit

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Jean-Paul de Dadelsen (1913–1957) was a French poet. During World War II he fought with the French army until the defeat of 1940 and joined Charles de Gaulle’s Free French Forces in London in 1942. He was a correspondent for Albert Camus’s newspaper Combat and after the war, a journalist for the BBC’s French Service. Most of his poetry was published posthumously; his collected works were published in the Poésie/Gallimard series in 2005.


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