Academic journal article Transnational Literature

French Poetry: An Introduction

Academic journal article Transnational Literature

French Poetry: An Introduction

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What choices have led to this selection of texts and voices? Of course, they are not motivated by any attempt at representativeness. This is a subjective cut in the French contemporary poetic matter: voices that, to me, put poetry in movement. The works of Stéphane Bouquet, Dorothée Volut and Mael Guesdon all share a common relationship to sensible life. Objects, lives, processes are worked from the point of view of the sensible, which leads the poem to make all sorts of speculations and hypotheses. Writing and living are intertwined, nested. Yet, they do not maintain an analogical relationship. The poem is not superimposed on life as a filter that would tint the real or try to say what life should be. Besides, at the origin of the poem there is a common attention to the semiotics of life, of all forms. The poem is a dynamic space, an elastic canvas that deeply transforms our perception and our relationship to things. …

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