The Collected Poems of Édouard Glissant

Édouard Glissant

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University of Minnesota Press
This volume collects and translates the nine volumes of poetry published by Édouard Glissant—a poet, novelist, and critic recognized as one of the great writers of the twentieth century. The poems bring to life what Glissant called “an archipelago-like reality,” partaking of the exchanges between Europe and its former colonies, between humans and their geographies, between the poet and the natural world. Reciting and re-creating histories of the African diaspora, Columbus’s “discovery” of the New World, the slave trade, and the West Indies, Glissant underscores the role of poetic language in irrevocably changing both past and present. As translator Jeff Humphries wrote in his Introduction, Glissant’s poetry embraced the aesthetic creed of the French symbolists Mallarmé and Rimbaud (“The poet must make himself into a seer”) and aims at nothing less than a hallucinatory experience of imagination in which the differences among poem, reader, and subject dissolve into one immediate present.
296 pages
Perfect binding
15 x 23 cm.