Lodève (3): Zéno Bianu & Youssef Khadim Allah

Here, first, the final poem of Zéno Bianu’s reading, a “scantata” (“something between scansion and cantata,” he suggested & mentioned Baudelaire).

And now a poem by the Tunisian poet Youssef Kharim Allah, with, beneath the video, my English translation:


room 31

moustache and weak


explosive belt stuffed

with hygienic colored chalk

made by the MT company.

I’m chasing a small

salary at the tail

end of the month.

Oh, warden, sir,

will it happen in room 13?

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