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A Matter of Blue

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“In A Matter of Blue, we read that blue is what we would like to cultivate, something that clings to bees’ feet and the poet’s lips, something that can be used as a basis for composition or creation, something that is inherent in the gaze of the dark-eyed women . . .”—Dawn Cornelio

A Matter of Blue is the most successful book by Maulpoix, author of over 25 French collections of poetry and the rightful heir to the 150-year tradition of French ...

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Overview

“In A Matter of Blue, we read that blue is what we would like to cultivate, something that clings to bees’ feet and the poet’s lips, something that can be used as a basis for composition or creation, something that is inherent in the gaze of the dark-eyed women . . .”—Dawn Cornelio

A Matter of Blue is the most successful book by Maulpoix, author of over 25 French collections of poetry and the rightful heir to the 150-year tradition of French prose poetry.

Jean-Michel Maulpoix (www.maulpoix.net) is director of a quarterly literary journal and professor of poetry at University Paris X-Nanterre.

Dawn Cornelio wrote her PhD thesis on translating Maulpoix. She is assistant professor of French studies at University of Guelph, Ontario.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929918669
  • Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Language: French
  • Series: Lannan Translations Selection Series Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Jean-Michel Maulpoix was born November 11, 1952 in Montbeliard, France. He is the author of twenty-five poetry collections, and thirteen volumes of essay and criticism. He is director of the quarterly literary journal Le Nouveau Recueil and Professor of Modern and Contemporary Poetry at the University Parix X-Nantere. Dawn Cornelio received her PhD in French from University of Connecticut. Her thesis was based on translating the poetry of Jean-Michel Maulpoix. Since 2002 she has been assistant professor of French Studies at University of Guelph (Ontario). Her translations have appeared in various literary journals.
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Table of Contents

We know love exists through hearsay 21
The sea within us tries out sentences 23
Sometimes one of us stands near the sea 25
On nice days, the open sea shimmers 27
Blue's recovery after the downpour ... 29
"There were some unusual clouds that year" 31
"The sky's substance is strangely tender" 33
Dark-eyed women have a blue gaze 35
Do not think all this blue is without pain 37
In summer, in the evening ... 41
They move about 43
Alive, they proceed hands first 45
The sea is a picture book 47
They look at the blue, but will never know how to say it 49
They are sometimes seen beneath lampposts 51
He's heading out to sea is what they say of someone embarking on a journey ... 53
They leave their islands to go to sea 55
He picks up a pen or a paintbrush 57
Orthodoxy of blue 61
For centuries, she's been beating 63
The sea is the gods' vacancy 65
Sometimes, it's only the light sound of forks against earthenware 67
Soon there was nothing left of belief but the memory of its color 69
Nothing remains but an empty gesture resembling prayer 71
Sometimes words hurry 73
Soul 75
There 77
Blue makes no noise 81
All this blue is not the same ink 83
We don't know : we don't understand 85
Blue increases and reproduces on the debris of our life 87
The blue of the sky can do without our help 89
Like a cloth, the sky soaks 91
The blue around here blurs when night falls 93
There is nothing that can be locked up in a book 95
This blue belongs to no one 97
The sea's masts are illusory 101
Bugles, horses of the deep, mouth of the sea! 103
With my dulcimers, my trumpet and my timpani 105
Here we strike the iron of the soul 107
The man swimming there is an iodine and cobalt poem 109
Unending narration of the open sea 111
So much light in tears 113
From all over, she flows 115
A horizon of slate and slag 117
You there, the tiny body of a transfixed man ... 121
You're soaking in dreams, you lose your foothold in yourself 123
White swimmer in the sea's arms 125
Use this blue to compose 127
Don't balk at the expense 129
You have blue at your fingertips 131
You burn with your sentences 133
And you there, smeared with cherries? 135
You were the bluest in your dress 137
Nine days at sea as in a church 141
This blue sticks to my lips 143
Start from nothing, emphasize this nothing 145
I've been putting words next to words for a long time 147
In language, I contemplate the blue of the sky 149
For me, writing is about departing 151
I cannot survive in the impossible 153
Late in the autumn, when the rain falls with a soft noise ... 155
Everything I've loved, everything I've lost ... 157
Death falls asleep right against the sea 161
Aluminum-colored fish wander in the sea's baggage holds 163
Along the cliffs and beaches, the sea looks after our remains 165
In the evening when it pulls back to leave all the room to darkness ... 167
The edge of the world is quite near ... 169
Broken old women move about all evening ... 171
A heart of crushed glass 173
What kind of snow continuously falls ... 175
Does the sky enjoy hearing this faint sound of a creaking heart? 177
Emma liked blue 181
Her dresses must be mentioned 183
When she loosens her dress, the man is silent 185
No one can express her desire 187
If you call her, she doesn't come 189
She sometimes remembers her childhood 191
So many days have passed ... 193
Some say she once dreamed of evaporating 195
Loves is what she calls these departing sailors and sailboats on the open sea ... 197
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