Jacques Réda's innovative, lyrical oeuvre, consisting of poetry, autobiographical prose, short novels, and essays on topics from jazz to city life to literature, has made him a French cultural icon, admired for his sensitive explorations of time, space and place. Typically a writer in motion, he is expansive in his portrayal of the present moment and of past events, through journeys occurring by turns along shimmering paths in nature, in unspectacular urban and suburban zones, and, in later works, in localized yet still uncertain fictive realms. A poet of place and presence like other literary figures of his generation, he stands out thanks to the spirited, idiosyncratic experimentation that has characterized a steady stream …

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Prevots, Aaron. "Jacques Réda". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 April 2009
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