Emmanuel Moses, French poet and novelist born in 1959, is the author of thirty collections of poems, novels and prose texts. This piece is from Polonaise, a collection of prose poems published by Flammarion in 2017. Two books of his, in Marilyn Hacker’s translation, have been published by Oberlin College Press: He and I (2009) and Preludes and Fugues (2016).
She Painted Artichokes
You had nothing to say so you painted some splendid artichokes