Academic journal article Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

Le Ventre De Paris: A Marriage Poem

Academic journal article Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

Le Ventre De Paris: A Marriage Poem

Article excerpt

I

La Rue Montorgeuil: the Market

They built the church here, imagining

He would come

to these cobbles, these streaming gutters,

the white pig's head skinned with drowsing eyes

He would finger

dahlia petals mashed in the sewer,

chicken clutch, eel coil, choirs

of shrimp;

He would touch you, touch

me, because we are equally

soiled, because butchery

is life, and life runs

in us as down this street.

II

St. Eustache: the Market Church

The little we know

of St. Eustache

becomes him: how

this Roman (third

century a.d.) general

while hunting beheld

a crucifix

in a stag's antlers

and instantly

converted; how

broiled

in an iron bull, his cries

converted

to music; how, trans-

lated, he blesses

this butchers' cathedral,

its stained glass, its clochards,

its organ recitals,

its street

whistling with market blood. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.