Poetry by Sandford Fraser

You can often see the face of the enemy

                        when you use a scope….History’s End (blog)

 

Sniper on the Evening News                                    

A figure appears in his crosshairs.
He zeroes in; I zero in:

a face can be seen
the eyes, staring at me.

I feel my index finger slowly
squeezing the trigger.

For a moment, the screen’s
blank —

I take another sip of wine.

……………………………………………….

On peut souvent voir le visage de l’ennemi
lorsqu’on utilise un viseur…. Fin de l’histoire (blog)

Tireur embusqué aux nouvelles du soir

Une silhouette apparaît dans sa ligne de mire.
Il la vise ; je la vise :

On voit le visage
les yeux fixés sur moi.

Je sens mon index
presser lentement la gâchette.

Un instant, l’écran est
vide —

“Je bois une autre gorgée de vin”.

(2010. Traduction: Françoise Parouty)

……………………………………………………….

Snowman / Bonhomme de neige

All day
the snow falling
going nowhere:
I grow fat

my footprints
like soft words
disappear
into the white street.

Frozen inside myself
I feel nothing
my thoughts pile up
and drift away.
……………………………

Bonhomme de neige

Toute la journée
la neige qui tombe
ne va nulle part:
j’engraisse

mes empreintes
tels des mots doux
disparaissent
dans la blanche rue.

congelé à l’intérieur
je ne perçois rien.
mes pensées s’accumulent
et s’envolent.

(Traduction: Françoise Parouty)

…………………………………

Smart Bomb

your silent pop
on my TV screen

leaves

no screams to hear
no blood to clean

 

Bombe Guidée

tu exploses sans bruit
sur mon petit écran

ne laisses

pas entendre de cris
pas de sang à laver.

(Traduction: Françoise Parouty)

Sanford Fraser was born in Boston in 1932 and began writing poetry at the age of fifty in New York City where he now lives. An edition of his bilingual book of poems “Among Strangers I’ve Known All  My Life/Parmi les Étrangers Que J’ai Connus Toute Ma Vie,” was published  by New York Quarterly Books in September 2010. It was first published by Tarabuste Editions in France in 2007.

His book of poems, “Tourist,” was published by New York Quarterly Books in 2009, and his chapbook,”14th Street”, appears in “The New School Chapbook Series of 1995”. Numerous magazines here and in France publish his poems.


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