DPF / Mallarmé

For musicians in the visual arts play at inaudible decibels, from French Symbolist Poetry.

from Saint / by Stéphane Mallarmé, translated by C. F. MacIntyre

touched by a harp shaped
by the Angel in evening flight
for the delicate finger-tip

that, without the old santal
or the old book, she balances
on the plumage instrumental,
musician of silence.


DPF / Verlaine

For Paris, from French Symbolist Poetry.

from Parisian Sketch / by Paul Verlaine

The moon was laying her plates of zinc
on the oblique.
Like figure fives the plumes of smoke
rose thick and black from the tall roof-peaks.