Poetry. Translated from the French by Keith Waldrop. An aphoristic complement to Royet-Journoud's recent book THEORY OF PREPOSITIONS, this collection of propositions manages to be simultaneously provocative and contemplative. The evocation of the preposition is not without its homage to Louis Zukofsky, a poet central to Royet-Journoud's work; they share a deep affinity for the particular, and beyond that, for the actual particulars that compose our days, and for the delicate tissue that blinds them: "...in the very articulation, sense becomes magnetic." Here the poetics of one of the most important poets of the late 20th/early 21st centuries is articulated—lucidly and luminously. In short, he sheds light on the subject.
Claude Royet-Journoud was born in 1941, in Lyon. He edited the legendary journal Siècle à mains (with Anne-Marie Albiach and Michel Couturier, 1963-70) and, later, "A," Zuk, and L'In-plano. He has been a champion of American poetry since the sixties, when he translated George Oppen and published John Ashbery and Louis Zukofsky. His central work is the poetry tetralogy FOUR ELEMENTAL BODIES, consisting of Reversal, The Notion of Obstacle, Objects Contain the Infinite, and Natures Indivisible.Author City: PARIS FRA