Mirrors and coffee tables and a paravent, or screen, made by my belle-soeur, who is a welder, and artisan, and un amour. Read on.
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TODAY'S WORD: le fer
le chemin de fer = railroad
le fer à repasser = iron (for shirts, slacks, etc)
le bras de fer = the game of arm-wrestling
le fer à cheval = horseshoe
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Fer. Aujourd'hui je vous présente ma soeur, un artisan qui travaille le bois et le fer.
Iron. Today I'd like to introduce you to my sister, a craftsperson who works with wood and iron.
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A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE
I was wondering about how best to introduce my belle-soeur, Cécile, when a page on her website caught my eye. Clicking on it, I found a poem she wrote in place of a biography.
I took a short cut and included Google's translation of Cécile's poem. I happen to like its rough-around-the-edgesness which adds another layer of soul to the poem. The translation is clunky and not always fitting--like the wooden and metal rejects my belle-soeur rescues. So I am giving you an assignment today: find a more precise word each time you see one that just doesn't cut it and share it in the comments (link at the end of this post). Together with Cécile we will all be artisans today: word artisans and artisans tout court.
This is only an introduction. If you would like me to share more of Cécile and her work, be sure to say so in the comments.
Note: It took time to figure out how to put in the following two-column table into this post, but it could be a helpful way to present bilingual text in the future. What do you think? I hope it shows up intact in your email (let me know in the comments at the end of post).
"BIOGRAPHIE" / "BIOGRAPHY"
Fouiller les bennes,
Digging the skips, Unravel tons of steel Regurgitated by industry. There is the eye that seeks, Who arises, who dictates by hand To take: there. To extract a fragment from the cluster. The dust, the caress, Feel it with your fingertips. Extract from the entangled pile Non-conforming parts, out of use. There is grain and fiber Tones that decline. There is the odor that accompanies The hand that caresses or hesitates. Under the bark the patina that hatches. The movement heats the matter, He offers a shine. The wood breathes. The workshop is a lung Who shelters and gives the lodging. There are dirty hands that know, Feel, touch, embrace, Or cut but tame. Fusion of genres and materials. Alloy of wood and metals. Intimacy is under construction.
le fer = iron
la belle-soeur = sister-in-law
un paravent = a screen
un amour = a love
tout court = period, plain, simply
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