A great poetry broker, inspired by those he calls his “fathers”, Edmond Jabès, Jacques Derrida and André du Bouchet, Didier Cahen (born in 1950) returns with a collection that is both serious and confident in the life that is offer. “The day is dark / We feel in the life of the seasons / Slipping a grain of sand”. Those Tales from before the hour (three series of poems) bring the child’s imagination by breaking into the gray: “The signs are rich enough / to make him feel alive / Like we can’t be”. As long as we know how to use them, present them in the poem so that these signs and images flow naturally and refresh our lives. A writing that is both sober and tense, close and high at the same time, a word that welcomes doubts and our beginnings for a common dream. “Wouldn’t it be easier then / To bb-bbâtir (tell me) / A new land?” “
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