poetry/ translated from the French by Lee Fahnestock/ paperback/20 pages/ ISBN 0-87376-058-1
The magnolia blossom erupts in slow motion like a leisurely bubble on the thick skin of syrup that’s turning to caramel.
(The caramel color of the leaves on the trees should be noted too.)
Once in full bloom, it represents total satisfaction, in keeping with the significant vegetal mass expressed there.
But it is not sticky; quite the contrary, it is cool and silky, in the same measure that the leaf seems glistening, coppery, dry and brittle.