A Matter of Blue: Poems

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BOA Editions, Ltd., 2005 - Poetry - 199 pages
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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 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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Contents

Introduction
13
Nous connaissons par ouïdire lexistence de lamour
20
Les beaux jours le large poudroie
26
La substance du ciel est dune tendresse étrange
32
Les femmes aux yeux noirs ont le regard bleu
34
En été le soir
40
La mer est un livre dimages
46
prend le large diton de celui qui sembarque
52
Toi le petit corps dhomme transi
120
Compose avec ce bleu
126
Tu as du bleu au bout des doigts
130
Tu fus la plus bleue dans ta robe
136
Ce bleu me colle aux lèvres
142
Je contemple dans le langage le bleu du ciel
148
Tard en automne lorsque la pluie tombe à petit bruit
154
Tout ce que jai aimé tout ce que jai perdu
156

Orthodoxie du bleu
60
Parfois ce nest quun léger bruit de fourchettes sur la faïence
66
Les mots parfois se précipitent
72
Le bleu ne fait pas de bruit
80
Tout ce bleu nest pas de même encre
82
There is nothing that can be locked up in a book
95
de lâme on bat le fer
106
Tant de lumière en larmes
112
Dans les soutes de la mer vont des poissons couleur de tôle
162
Le bout du monde est près dici
168
Quelle sorte de neige tombe sans discontinuer
174
Emma aimait le bleu
180
Nul ne saurait dire son désir
186
Tant de jours ont passé
192
Acknowledgments
198
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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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