Jean-Paul Michel, Je ne voudrais rien qui mente, dans un livre [I would not wish anything that lies, in a book]

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In 2010 the Éditions Flammarion published a book that gathered together three suites of poems by a poet recently widely hailed as having offered a reinvigoration, a powerfully uplifting yet lucid energy thought by some to be urgently needed in a genre – if poetry can, rather idly, be deemed such – often dominated by melancholia or a certain self-undermining scepticism: Jean-Paul Michel’s

Je ne voudrais rien qui mente, dans un livre

. The first suite, “

Le Héros veut

battre

la douleur

” (The Hero seeks to

beat

pain) offers two series of theatricised, dialogued

feuillets

or folios written in 1978-81 but never previously published. It is followed by an equally unpublished series of five

cahiers

or notebooks,

Rappel à l’ordre à Ferrare

(

Call to Order in Ferrara

), written in…

2136 words

Citation: Bishop, Michael. "Je ne voudrais rien qui mente, dans un livre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 February 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=34886, accessed 15 July 2024.]

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