Poetry. Translated from the French by Kate Campbell. Each poem begins with an epigraph that distills a subject and then goes on to elaborate, extrapolate, complicate. Each poem reverses "communication"; pushes meaning from one image to the next, taking it apart, transferring it from line to line in a series of transformations that finally create an experience of the present.
Pierre Alferi (1963-2023) was a French poet, novelist, essayist, and one of the pioneers of the cinépo&eagrave;me, a fusion of short film and poetry. He published fifteen collections of poetry and four novels and collaborated with various visual artists and musicians on a variety of hybrid projects and performances. He translated works by John Donne, Giorgio Agamben, Meyer Schapiro, and others. He was awarded residencies at the Fondation Royaumont and the French Academy in Rome and taught at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.