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Wings Folded in Cracks
Guernica Editions, Fall 2013
205 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550717969
ISBN10: 1550717960
English, French
Translated from the French
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Where other poets of his generation developed strategies of deconstruction, Jean-Pierre Vallotton invented a brave new mosaic with the parameters left behind by traditionalism, modernism and postmodernism. If William Wordsworth, Oscar Wilde, T.S. Eliot are considered decadent, then so is Jean-Pierre Vallotton a decadent; however, the sort of decadent that will be viewed as being great in years to come: “The space between us is a path of magnificence, and here the faintest of our footsteps draws forth a flower.” His neo-baroque poetry stands at the crossroads of whatever styles, forms, and contents led to this spot; and it is with the pernicious artefacts found here that Jean-Pierre Vallotton invents the unknown structures that will welcome the birds of paradise of tomorrow.
it is snowing ashes in my head. ashes as cold as winter, freezing over trees and ponds. sick trees, ponds of tears without reflection. night cracks. chapping thick on the lips of the earth, suffocating. yells of muffled fabric. mornings totter into one another. nibbling at the locked door, fingers bend pens in two, emptiness, triumphant, sits on its throne.

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