(Just Not) Cricket at Les Névons

by Jamie Baty

after ‘Youth at Les Névons’ by René Char (tr. Michael Worton)

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In the fields by Les Névons the sea and the sound of the crickets are a conversation you are interrupting.

In the fields by Les Névons encircling the grounds of the park a fast-moving sea and a thousand crickets are breaking the air up into static now it shakes.

In the fields by Les Névons nothing is changing even the go stop go of the crickets under the trees.