in the sky left by clouds by Georges Rose, translated by Bryan Flavin


In the sky left by clouds
two birds quarrel with vastness

farther away the night curls up
like a ball of wool

we never found the needles
to begin such a craft

unless the tools
are us
in other hands


Born in Paris, where he resides today, writing has always occupied a special place for Georges Rose—from poetry to stories, books, essays, and theater. To date, he has around thirty published works, of which many have been awarded. Alongside his writing, Rose holds a Ph.D in Ethnology and practices various studies and hobbies, such as ecology, mountaineering, and Tai Chi—all of which influence his poetry.

These poems, coming from a larger collection originally titled Rivages, is Rose’s first English translation from the original French. A translation in Greek will be released this year for a different collection, and Rose is thrilled to see his work accessible across different languages and cultures.

Bryan Flavin is an emerging poet and translator from Springfield, Missouri and a graduate from the University of Iowa, where he studied Linguistics, French, Arabic, and Translation. His original writing and translations have been published in Ink Lit Mag, The Translate Iowa Project, Z Publishing, and Tupelo Quarterly. He currently resides in Missouri with the intention of moving to and working in Shanghai in the coming months.