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What is poetry today, and how does it fit into our daily lives? Through a series of intelligent and personal, often humorous essays the great French poet and fiction writer explores the role of poetry and poetry means to us.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Green Integer (first published 1995)
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Sep 12, 2012 Wendy rated it liked it
Shelves: oulipo
This book is full of wonderful things, particularly about the genesis of the Oulipo, and also about the ever recurring "death of poetry." It is a shame that Roubaud's disdain for women is so obvious and so artlessly on view. Not only are we completely absent from his literary references, except for the solitary reference to Agatha Christie (whom he will only call Agatha), but in his one example of a contemptible critical argument, he chooses to pit Helen Vendler against Rita Dove. In his obtusen ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Marcus rated it it was amazing
how do i begin? This is the best theory for me. Playful. Opening. Full of possibilities. If I taught literature or creative writing it would be on the list for the so-called comprehensive exams and so on.

But it is also beyond that. Outside of the professional academies.

Poetry and memory. The death of poetry. Of PROFECO TODINTRAN and IGLOVI (profit economy, totally digital for instant transmission, idea of the global village). It is all in there. And fun! Really fun! Also "big talk, sweet talk,
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Jacques Roubaud (born 1932 in Caluire-et-Cuire, Rhône) is a French poet and mathematician.
He is a retired Mathematics professor from University of Paris X, a retired Poetry professor from EHESS and a member of the Oulipo group, he has also published poetry, plays, novels, and translated English poetry and books into French such as Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark.
Roubaud's fiction often su
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