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New Exercises

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“A writer of rare quality.”—Henri Michaux Like tiny poetic word searches, these small poems reveal themselves as tightly packed aphorisms, physically manifesting themselves in the world with a wisdom that is somehow simultaneously novel and ancient. Franck Andre Jamme has published twelve books of poems and fragments since 1981, as well as numerous illustrated books. In ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Wave Books
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Barry
May 24, 2009 Barry rated it really liked it
Not exactly poems...gnomic inscriptions, more like.
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Jul 07, 2015 Cdhrreiws Alan rated it really liked it
This one is a quick but deep read. The form of word arrangement almost seemed like a gimmick at first, but quickly became a very engaging experience that drew me into the language. The frame of the form really opens up the poets phrases, enhancing their quirks and invigorating what could otherwise be somewhat stale sayings. I couldn't really put it down after I started. The poet does a great job of developing poems that feel fresh and contemporary and still somewhat classical, and their ...more
Cooper Renner
Mar 17, 2014 Cooper Renner rated it it was amazing
This would probably be a four-star book except that its format so closely mimics the "word find" puzzles that teachers give to students that one is virtually dared to find words in each poem which are not intentionally there. And then one can decide how or if they fit the intended words. And since this is a translation, the "unintended" words apply only to these English versions and not to the original French, so… What fun!
Jeremy Allan
Aug 24, 2009 Jeremy Allan rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
The opening reminder is good: "Not too fast." Can be a quick read, but more importantly it's a fun book to go through. Deciphering the exercises adds strangeness and joy to the activity of reading.
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Franck André Jamme has published fifteen books of poems and fragments since 1981, as well as numerous illustrated books (with Jaume Plensa, James Brown, Zao Wou Ki, Marc Couturier, Suzan Frecon, Yang Jie Chang, Olivier Debre, Acharya Vyakul, Philippe Favier). He has been praised by Edmond Jabes, Henri Michaux and René Char (whose Complete Works he has edited in La Pléiade), and has been translated ...more
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