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Paris Views

Joyce, Michael

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Title: Paris Views

Publisher: BlazeVOX [books]


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Anyone who loves Paris will find that literarily-overdetermined city brought to new life---new and not particularly literary, for through Joyce's sharp, quick, and cleverly amorous eye, Paris is evoked not as objet d'art, but as sloppily, raucously, lived; as an idiosyncratic confluence of specific instances that shed deep light on the way that individual perception and experience sculpt public space. Throughout, he makes the most of a delightful and visceral head-on collision of languages to construct a space between all utterance that is raw and always reaching out for its word---which, though not yet arrived, can be felt coming into being through that collision itself. -- Cole Swensen

Oui, bien sûr, la traduction entres les langues est impossible, but what happens here is better: in a language that has no word for "home," Michael Joyce tries to find out what one is by wandering the weird labyrinthine and counterintuitive transfer points (comme le Paris Métro, je pense!) entre anglais et français. Franchement, ce n'est pas "Franglish" qu'on va trouver in this book mais a different kind of synchronicity, not a mélange of languages fusing but rather a scintillating point where chaque langue existe seule et ensemble tous le deux at the same time and toujours. --Kazim Ali

"How do you say we are longing to mean something?" With poetry that registers the migratory subject's occasional glimpse of les bonheurs in the midst of self-estrangement, each view captured "in a language we / can't understand although by now we know the words." The frissons here arise not from the fluent excursions into Franglais or their corresponding aperçus, but from the "untranslatable" difference between what we will (to) remember and what we remember, yet another trace of that inexorable "universe of silence" which, whether it "possesses us" or we it, underwrites our eloquence. There may be "no second act in heaven" or in American lives, but here, in these deeply felt and brilliantly nuanced poems, lyric splendor is making a formidable comeback. -- Joe Amato

The pleasure of slowly walking, vieux pantouflard & flâneur that I am, through a city & two languages I love is always a treat -- & is positively relished when I can do it from the comfort of my Schlendrian armchair, eye-tip-toeing gently & at leisure, savoring each word & phrase of these sharp, lovely, rich poems. I'm home, here & there, in this book & in that city. --Pierre Joris

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Paris Views emerged from what began as finger exercises during an autumn spent in Paris.  These poetical sketches quickly revealed themselves as a series of philosophical meditations in Franglais, the sort of tuning in and out one does- like scanning across radio frequencies- living in one and a half languages and a faraway, familiar city. My focus became the infiltration and imbrication of place and language.  Speaking of Nathalie Stephens's, Touch to Affliction, the poet and translator Cole Swensen has commented that Stephens "writes in both English and French, often using one to infiltrate the other, to crack the other open. Often we sense the two languages passing each other, and as they do, a charge arcs from one to the other, making each stand out in sharp relief." I would not presume to characterize myself as truly writing in two languages in Paris Views but the poems there nonetheless share an affinity with Stephens' kind of infiltrations and arcs-and, one hopes, her dense music as well.

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