Poetry. Translated from the French by Guy Bennett. ESPITALLIER'S THEOREM, by noted French poet Jean-Michel Espitallier, is an award-winning, adventuresome volume first published in 2003 by Flammarion in Paris. This exploded book, full of lists and enumerations, is composed of sections and fragmented poems that continue to appear throughout the 160 page volume in new relationships and permutations. Beginning as a faux dialogue between a young man and a world famous, notoriously reclusive philosopher, ESPITALLIER'S THEOREM touches on the perennial, insoluble problems or "theorems" that have befuddled humanity for centuries. Language and the way language may be manipulated to finally mean nothing is at the heart of this beguiling book's concern.
Nicholas Manning @ Cordite Poetry Review