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nude ascending a staircase
 

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figs 98, 100 derived from poorish Google scan.
ex Paul (Marie Louis Pierre) Richer (1849-1933, *), Physiologie artistique de l’homme en mouvement. Paris, 1895.

 
43.

Once again he tried to climb
the great stairs.
He didn’t make it.
He came back down, propped
on his fatigue.

Yannis Ritsos, Ticks of the Clock, 1988-1999, in
Late into the Night: The Last Poems of Yannis Ritsos (translated by Michael McKinsey, 1995)
*
 

7 October 2012
tags: failure; mechanics; Paul Richer; walking; Yannis Ritsos