The Collected Poems of Edouard Glissant
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  • The Collected Poems of Edouard Glissant

The Collected Poems of Edouard Glissant

by Edouard Glissant
     
 

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… See more details below

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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
Sales rank:
1,386,102
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Eyes voice6
November7
Savage reading8
Rock9
Slow train10
Tree great tree11
Black smoke12
Elements13
Nourishing air17
Cities19
Confession20
Vertigo in cold weather22
Glory23
To die, not to die24
Temptations25
Solitude26
Beauty27
Abrupt28
Mainstay29
The dead and living tree30
A field of islands33
Theater49
Ocean50
Incantation51
Morning52
The bay of the sky53
Secret cliff54
Promenade of solitary death57
The book of offerings59
The house of sands61
Verses63
Consecration66
The indies69
The first day103
Carthage108
Salt taxes114
Africa118
Wounds123
High noon128
Acclamation132
Goree135
Burned field136
Fats137
House for the dead138
Behanzin139
Country140
Iron-dogs141
Letters of calling142
Country143
In Savane Square144
Privileged prose145
Factory still146
Country147
Moreover148
Prose149
Dlan150
Dlan151
Dlan152
The doubter153
The doubter154
Trace155
Role156
Ashes157
Language158
Country159
Deafer than the sea160
Salt marshes161
Country162
Pretty men163
Green ray164
Vaval165
Mangroves166
Poetic167
Cactus168
In actuality169
Study days170
The alchemist's fire171
Fiefs172
Ideal173
Ball and chain or ash174
Strike175
"Within the budding pineapple groves"176
Guadeloupe177
Ones178
Throttle179
Tomorrows180
Country183
The country of before185
Ata-Eli, the blind man, and Ichneumon188
Song of Ichneumon190
For Laoka191
Song of Thael and Matthew193
For Mycea196
Country199
Traces201
Fastes205
Bayou225
The great chaoses231
The stolen eye239
Wooded regions246
The volcano's water250

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