D.M. Black is a poet and essayist . He has published six collections of poems, most recently Claiming Kindred (Arc, 2011) and The Arrow-maker (Arc, 2017), and translations of several poets, in particular Goethe ( Love as Landscape Painter) , Fras, 2006. Website: dmblack.net. / Jacques Prévert (1900-1977) belonged to the generation of French writers, including André Breton, Jean Cocteau, Robert Desnos, Paul Eluard and Henri Michaux, who wrote before and after the mid-20 th century. Some of Pr é vert’s poems were set to music and sung by Edith Piaf. He was also famous as a screen-writer – most notably of Marcel Carné’s Les Enfants du Paradis. The poem translated here is from his collection, Spectacle .