Emile Nelligan

Emile Nelligan was born in Montreal in 1879 and died there in 1941.

Two Poems

Emile Nelligan, translated by Anne Carson, 11 May 2006

Funeral Marches

I hear in me the funeral voices call out transcendentally, when in German style the bands go beating by.

At a mad shiver of my vertebrae if I sob like a lost man, it’s that I hear the funeral voices call out transcendentally.

As a ghostly gallop of zebras my dream goes strangely prowling and I am so haunted that in me always, inside my darknesses

I hear the funeral...

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