Anne-Marie Albiach
from "L'État"
translated by Keith Waldrop








French text

are sketched the drama
the aesthetic hardens
and strength of gesture


the eye conceives a deadly ethics


obtuse in blood
said to be spilled




a deliberation


of norms
                    of forms
the enigma
so my view overgrows


it has no place in this parallel
but disclaims it
adjacent stilled.
In the military
mode of its evolution

I am invisible
from lack of self–
just beginning
he says
they disappear