The Morning of the World

The Morning of the World
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Jules Supervielle (1884–1960).

Liquid Sun, by Ramel Jasir

Liquid Sun, by Ramel Jasir

His life was divided between Montevideo, where he was born, and Paris, where he was educated. His time was the avant-garde time but his South American background influenced him and his works rejected the Surrealism to focus on majestic subjects treated with everyday simplicity. Among his novels: L’Homme de la Pampa (1923) and Le Survivant (1928). Short stories: L’Enfant de la Haute Mer (1931) and Le Petit Bos (1942). Plays: Bolivar (1936). And volumes of poetry including Poèmes de la France malheureuse (1941).

Here, a poem translated by David Cooke:



after Jules Supervielle


All around arose a thousand noises,

yet still so filled with silences

that the ear seemed attuned

to the song of its innocence.


All things alive and self-absorbed,

the neighbourhood was a mirror

in which creation moved,

entranced, toward fulfilment.


A Perfect Day, by Ramel Jasir

A Perfect Day, by Ramel Jasir

The palm trees, finding a form

in which to sway with pure delight,

summoned distant birds

to show them their leafwork.


A white horse encountered Man

advancing quietly, while the Earth

revolved around him, inspiring

his astrological heart.


The horse twitched its nostrils

and whinnied as if in flight.

Lost in its dream time

the creature galloped away.


On streets where children

and women seemed adrift like clouds,

they came together to find their soul,

moving from shadows to light.


Love Study, by Ramel Jasir

Love Study, by Ramel Jasir

A thousand roosters crowed,

mapping out the landscape,

the ocean waves hesitant

between twenty landfalls.


The hour so rich in oarsmen

and phosphorescent mermaids,

the stars overlooked their images

in those speaking waters.


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