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Poetry today exists by and through its own negation. With the radical alterations which poetry was exposed to towards the end of the 19th century (Baudelaire among others), the tension between affirmation and negation becomes the basic term of poetry. Poetry loses its specificity, its generic constituent – the genre of the lyric. Thus, the poetry that succeeds “poetry” – the post-poetry – lacks a poetic label. With Sorties as point of departure, this talk aims to describe how post-poetry exists exactly outside a poetic space. One of the main points in the talk is to elucidate the internal exits which are created through post-poetry – internal exits from what is widely recognised as the traditional poetical circus ring.
Jean-Marie Gleize is professor in French literature at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon where he is chairman of Centre d’études poétiques. He is also the founder and editor the review Nioques. His fields of expertise include: the poetic works of Francis Ponge and Rimbaud, post-poetry, literalism and poetic objectivism. Gleize is also a poet himself.
Selected writings: Poésie et figuration (1983), Poésie et figuration (1983), Simplification lyrique (1987), Léman (1990), A noir. Poésie et littéralité (1992), Le principe de nudité intégrale (1995), Les Chiens noir de la prose (1999) Néon (2004), Sorties (2009).