27 jun. 2009

Wallace Stevens

THE MAN WITH THE BLUE GUITAR (excerpts)

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The man bent over his guitar,
a shearsman of sorts. The day was green.

They said, "You have a blue guitar,
you do not play things as they are".

The man replied, "Things as they are
are changed upon the blue guitar".

XXVIII
I am a native in this world
and think in it as a native thinks,

Gesu, not native of a mind
thinking the thoughts I call my own,

native, a native in the world
and like a native think in it.

It could not be a mind, the wave
in which the watery grasses flow

and yet are fixed as a photograph,
the wind in which the dead leaves blow.

Here I inhale profunder strength
and as I am, I speak and move

and things are as I think they are
and say they are on the blue guitar.

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