Entangled — Papers! — Notes
It’s rather all of the rest of language and thought that seems to me affected by a lack of reality. And it is in relation to those words — cited as inclusions — that I try to realize, to create sentences that realize, and realize themselves. Or rather it is a whole volume that should then, around these quoted words, take form, and hold — fragile, but real. This volume should be made of sentences that move in relation to one another, balance each other and suspend each other reciprocally.
Some actually should be whispered, hardly audible, others should be felt in one blow — yes, like a vibrating blow —, even while remaining obstinately, as sentences, unfoldable (so as to deliver, if one wishes, a whole content).
And this volume, finally, would not be exactly closed. At least it should leave the impression that other sentences could still come there to play with those that are written and printed.
“In three large frescoes—made up of splintered quotes and documents scored for the page in Mallarméan fashion — Claude Mouchard gives witness to what arrives, bearing testimony to the onset of his mother’s silence in the last phase of her struggle with Alzheimer’s, to the travails of those who land undocumented (“sans papiers”) in France, to the story of a refugee from Darfur who lived in his house in Orléans for eight years. But Mouchard in these texts does not merely stand witness: he is both the guest and the host (hôte) of those to whom he tries to speak and listen. The gift of this poetry lies in its unflinching hospitality. Mary Shaw’s loving translation has now permitted it a welcome — and a residence — in our speech.” — Richard Sieburth
Claude Mouchard, Entangled — Papers! — Notes (2017)
Translated by Mary Shaw
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Poezibao (May 28, 2018). Review by Michaël Bishop.
PO&SIE. Event with Mary Shaw, François Cornilliat, Michel Deguy, Laurent Jenny, Marielle Macé et Martin Rueff at la Maison de la Poésie.