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Author QuotedRene Char
Title QuotedRene Char. Presentation par Pierre Guerre. Choix de textes, bibliographie, portraits, fac-similes
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/06/15
Imprint[Paris] : Seghers. [1961]
QuotationI got home and shaved on the porch and had my one meal about 3:30 p.m. Then fell on the bed in a stupor, slept an hour, got up and said Office, read a few Zen texts in Spanish in Cona Franca and finally some Rene Char (which Jonathan Greene left with me) which I very much enjoyed again. Fascination of his language and line: Buses, milans, martres, ratiers, Et les funebres jarandoles, Se tiennent aux endroits sauvages. [Buzzards, kites, martens, ratters, and funereal farandoles keep to primeval places.] It takes me back to the summer of 1966 when I was so much under his spell (along with all the other spells of that time!).
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 130
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