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Carolyn Kizer Broadside - "On a Line From Valéry" (Signed)

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A unique, beautiful print from the Academy's archive of broadsides. This letterpress print features the following poem by Carolyn Kizer and is signed by the poet;

 

On a Line from Valery
Tout le ciel vert se meurt     Le dernier arbre brûle.
The whole green sky is dying. The last tree flares
With a great burst of supernatural rose
Under a canopy of poisonous airs.
Could we imagine our return to prayers
To end in time before time's final throes,
The green sky dying in the last tree flares?
But we were young in judgement, old in years
Who could make peace; but it was war we chose, 
To spread its canopy of poisoning airs.
Not all our children's pleas and women's fears
Could steer us from this hell. And now God knows
His whole green sky is dying as it flares.
Our crops of wheat have turned to fields of tares.
This dreadful century staggers to its close
And the sky dies for us, its poisoned heirs.
All rain was dust. Its granules were our tears.
Throats burst as universal winter rose
To kill the whole green sky, the last tree bare
Beneath its canopy of poisoned air.
Designed and illustrated by Dean Bernstein at the Perpetua Press, May 1996. Measures 12 7/8"W x 9.25"L.
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