Paul Eprile is a poet and translator. His translation of Jean Giono’s novel Hill has just been published. (May 2016)


Inward Gaze

Baladine Klossowska: La Contemplation Intérieure (Rilke dormant sur un petit sofa à Muzot), 1921; watercolor portrait of Rainer Maria Rilke by his lover Klossowska, at the top of which he wrote a poem that is translated into English for the first time below.
Sorrow is a stubborn piece of land through which, darkling, the blessed mind sends down roots so as to bloom. Whereas, in you, my resting heart, all things stay nameless. It’s from the outside things are named: named for doubt, named for …