Outline of three bodies semi-submerged in water.

Four lines by Paul Celan

Translator: Dan Bellm
Author: Paul Celan

I began with one short, circumscribed, parenthetical, untitled poem, in a language I didn’t know, a spark of encounter and revelation, purposely fragmentary, and from these four lines, Paul Celan’s poetry has grown outward for me and become immense.

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