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Wry-Blue Loves: Les Amours Jaunes and Other Poems

Wry-Blue Loves: Les Amours Jaunes and Other Poems

By Tristan Corbière

Translated by Peter Dale

Anvil Press Poetry Ltd, London 2005, ISBN 0-85646-377-9, £14.95
Series 3 No. 5 - Transgressions

Review by Olivia McCannon

A detail in Peter Dale’s introduction stands out: in 1869, Tristan Corbière returned from Italy to his native Morlaix, where ‘he outraged the locals by appearing on the balcony in a bishop’s vestments which he had brought from Rome’. The Catholic church was a powerful authority in Second Empire France, and therefore an ideal target for this poet. His ‘...

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Translated by Jonathan Dunne

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The reader is asked to temporarily suspend any form of knowingness and surrender disbelief, giving over to Elenkova’s imagistic sensibility, which twists and unfolds with full confidence in its linguistic responsibilities and pulsating actions.

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