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Poetry. Translated from the French by Keith Waldrop. Tacitus tells, in his Annals, how the Romans were defeated by "a simple woman." On a chariot with her two daughters, who had been raped by Roman legionnaires, Queen Boudica made the round of the Breton tribes, inciting them to follow her into battle and, in the first round, defeated the Roman invader. Paol Keineg's sequence of 40 poems, with their hammered rhythm, their echoes of blows given and taken, raises a monument to Queen Boudica's courage and, by bold anachronisms, to the Bretons that have resisted forced assimilation through the centuries--down to our own time.
Paol Keineg (born in 1944 in Brittany) is the author of about 20 books of poetry and plays. He was fired from his first teaching job for his separatist Breton activism. In the mid 1970s he moved to California where he first worked as a welder. Then went to graduate school at Brown University (PhD 1981) and taught French and literature at Dartmouth, Brown, and Duke Universities. In 2009 he returned to his native Brittany. He is the father of the singer Katell Keineg.Author City: USA