“Flower” by Paul Celan

I’m reading Paul Celan these days – Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew by John Felstiner (a book that is biography, translation, and an analytical study of Celan’s writing) & Poems of Paul Celan (Michael Hamburger, trans.)


The stone.
The stone in the air, which I followed.
Your eye as blind as the stone.

We were
we scooped the darkness empty, we found
the word that ascended summer:

Flower—a blindman’s word.
Your eye and my eye:
they look
after water.

Heartwall by heartwall
adds on petals.

One more word like this, and the hammers
will be swinging free.

         (Trans. John Felstiner)


~ by samofthetenthousandthings on September 9, 2011.

5 Responses to ““Flower” by Paul Celan”

  1. i need the analysis./….

  2. I like this poem really much. How should one interpret it? Is he talking about love or some deeper shit?

  3. Ok, thanks for answering me. What do you see as his focus?

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