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Emmanuel Hocquard

Born in 1940 in Cannes, Hocquard is a poet, an essayist, a translator, an editor, and the author of 17 volumes of poetry, eight volumes of translations and four anthologies. He is one of the main representatives of French artistic generation that takes inspiration from structuralism, psychoanalysis, as well as rules rejecting any mimetic creations and ‘poetic’ art. In 189, he crated the Bureau sur l'Atlantique that presents works of modern American poets in France. Hocquard also gives lectures in literature at the School of Fine Arts (École des Beaux-arts) in Bordeaux.

Conditions of Light. Elegies

In the nominated volume, Hocquard continues the best experiments of the French avant-garde - raised on two centuries of republicanism and bourgeoisie, prophesied by the acts of A. Rimbaud, C. Baudelaire, S. Mallarmé and G. Apollinaire - that release a poem from the rigours of the form and the duties of reference. The author embarks on a specific play with the genre of elegy, deeply rooted in the lyrical poetry. He creates 21 series, five poems each, and, as he puts it, the read ‘elegy is not pronouncing the words of lament. It is repeating the words of a language. The elegy is a repetition itself. The whole language is an elegy.” According to the main idea of ‘the experimenters”, a poetic word does not refer to an object but to another word, And it is their unexpected collision that is to make the readers fall out of their aesthetical, ontological and ethical habits, extending thus their areas of freedom. In the end lines of the book, it may be read: “By speaking, or writing, or reading, or translating, one searches for an exit. The exit to the front of oneself. Writing provides such an exit.”