Notes towards “Les noces d’Hérodiade: Mystère”

from Mallarmé

                                 1

the ambiguity of Hé-
rodiade and of her
dance…

         she masters this
rebellious head
                 which wanted
to think more highly
where the idea is extinguished
unprecedented and rich

                         *

                                 2

from which she benefits
covered in diamonds
                   and dying
evokes the human
beauty of life
which cannot be surpassed
at the same time that she
represents the old
     flesh

                         *
                                 II

she leans to one
side — to the other —
                   showing one
breast — the other —
               and scission
                             with no gossamer

according to this breast, that one
               identity.

                         *

and having done that — one
foot upon the other,
         both feet
                       upon carpet
                                       blood
a kind of dance
dreadful   sketch
     — and fixed to the spot, without
moving
             — null place

                         *

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