les chemins

Les chemins

An introduction to contemporary Ivorian poetry

Photo by Todd Fredson.

This gathering of Ivorian poets has been organized around the theme of chemin. Most literally, chemin is the French word for “path.” Its sense changes across these poems. 

NO MORE WATER, PARIS

The universe, which is … other people, has evolved no terms for your existence, has made no room for you. James Baldwin, “The Fire Next Time”

Lament of a Soldier's Wife

Translated from the French by Marci Vogel

Lament of a Soldier’s Wife

from 'The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn'

Translated from the French by Todd Fredson

from The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn, from the first of two sections, titled “Land of Hope”

from 'I. Portrait of Wounded Centuries'

Translated from the French by John Keene

from I. Portrait of Wounded Centuries

A Time That Thinks

Translated from the French by Todd Fredson

A Time That Thinks

from 'The Song of Babo Naki'

Translated from the French by Janis A. Mayes

from The Song of Babo Naki



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The Footbridge

Translated from the French by Zack Anderson

The Footbridge

Memories

Translated from the French by Virginia Konchan

Memories

Wild Words Wildfire

Translated from the French by Kazim Ali

Wild Words Wildfire

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