‘Small squares in perpetual motion’

‘Small squares in perpetual motion, one penetrating the other,
one emerging from the other: building, unbuilding,
a city of windows on windows; right and left the two corners
rising asymmetrically and just beyond,
noiseless, the great collapse in the midst of noiseless motion…’

from ’Fever’ by Yannis Ritsos, translated by Edmund Keeley.

Ritsos (1909 – 1990) was the great poet of the Greek left. His political commitment caused his work to be banned, and the poet to be imprisoned or exiled, by successive right-wing regimes. He published more than a hundred books.

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