The Collected Poems of Edouard Glissant

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This volume collects and translates-most for the first time-the nine volumes of poetry published by Édouard Glissant, a poet, novelist, and critic increasingly recognized as one of the great writers of the twentieth century. The poems bring to life what Glissant calls "an archipelago-like reality," partaking of the exchanges between Europe and its former colonies, between humans and their geographies, between the poet and the natural world.Reciting and re-creating histories of the African diaspora, Columbus's "discovery" of the New World, the slave trade, and the West Indies, Glissant underscores the role of poetic language in changing both past and present irrevocably. As translator Jeff Humphries writes in his introduction, Glissant's poetry embraces the aesthetic creed of the French symbolists Mallarmé and Rimbaud ("The poet must make himself into a seer") and aims at nothing less than a hallucinatory experience of imagination in which the differences among poem, reader, and subject dissolve into one immediate present. Born in Martinique in 1928, influenced by the controversial Martinican poet/politician Aimé Césaire, and educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, Édouard Glissant has emerged as one of the most influential postcolonial theorists, novelists, playwrights, and poets not only in the Caribbean but also in contemporary French letters. He has twice been a finalist for the Nobel Prize in Literature as well as the recipient of both the Prix Renaudot and the Prix Charles Veillon in France. His works include Poetics of Relation, Caribbean Discourse, Faulkner Mississippi, and the novel The Ripening. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor of French at City University of New York, Graduate Center. Jeff Humphries is Louisiana State University Foundation Distinguished Professor of French, English, and Comparative Literature. He has published several books of poetry, fiction, essays, and literary criticism, including Borealis (Minnesota, 2002).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816641949
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Eyes voice 6
November 7
Savage reading 8
Rock 9
Slow train 10
Tree great tree 11
Black smoke 12
Elements 13
Nourishing air 17
Cities 19
Confession 20
Vertigo in cold weather 22
Glory 23
To die, not to die 24
Temptations 25
Solitude 26
Beauty 27
Abrupt 28
Mainstay 29
The dead and living tree 30
A field of islands 33
Theater 49
Ocean 50
Incantation 51
Morning 52
The bay of the sky 53
Secret cliff 54
Promenade of solitary death 57
The book of offerings 59
The house of sands 61
Verses 63
Consecration 66
The indies 69
The first day 103
Carthage 108
Salt taxes 114
Africa 118
Wounds 123
High noon 128
Acclamation 132
Goree 135
Burned field 136
Fats 137
House for the dead 138
Behanzin 139
Country 140
Iron-dogs 141
Letters of calling 142
Country 143
In Savane Square 144
Privileged prose 145
Factory still 146
Country 147
Moreover 148
Prose 149
Dlan 150
Dlan 151
Dlan 152
The doubter 153
The doubter 154
Trace 155
Role 156
Ashes 157
Language 158
Country 159
Deafer than the sea 160
Salt marshes 161
Country 162
Pretty men 163
Green ray 164
Vaval 165
Mangroves 166
Poetic 167
Cactus 168
In actuality 169
Study days 170
The alchemist's fire 171
Fiefs 172
Ideal 173
Ball and chain or ash 174
Strike 175
"Within the budding pineapple groves" 176
Guadeloupe 177
Ones 178
Throttle 179
Tomorrows 180
Country 183
The country of before 185
Ata-Eli, the blind man, and Ichneumon 188
Song of Ichneumon 190
For Laoka 191
Song of Thael and Matthew 193
For Mycea 196
Country 199
Traces 201
Fastes 205
Bayou 225
The great chaoses 231
The stolen eye 239
Wooded regions 246
The volcano's water 250
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