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Things That Fall
Guernica Editions, Spring 2013
110 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550713732
ISBN10: 1550713736
English
Translated from the French
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In French, Tombeau de Lou. At its origin, the death of the childhood friend, the chosen sister, swept away by a sudden cancer. She was fifty-three. Like the poet. The one who remains, the survivor, the inconsolable woman. That's the anecdote. Afterwards -- if an afterwards is possible, the urgency presses, the need to find words for the pain and questions that death raises, strewn at random in revolt, in violence, in memory, in mourning and in dread. To translate the hasty metamorphosis of the ever-so-living into the ever-so-dead. To give meaning, albeit fragile, albeit mortal, to the meaningless. To relate this little story of intimate suffering -- all in all, banal -- to the great history of international proportions. In this literary tomb of eleven songs, the need to attempt a utopian reconciliation: embrace all at once the immensity of the emptiness, the chaos, our fragile humanity, and our ardent desire for resistance.
With innocence, death, perfect in all points. You will not have seen it coming; it will have furrowed fast in the deepest recess of your bones. Despite the thick shadow projected on the ochre wall by the cords and blades of the Venetian blinds, the day's softness continues to filter in, through the slits, as if nothing had happened.

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