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Written in the years following the sudden death of Roubaud's wife Some Thing Black is a profo. It is very difficult to write about this volume of poetry If you have ever lost someone you love than you know that it is best to keep those emotions at a certain distance when it is possible if it is possible Roubaud did not pick up a pen for thirty months after the death of his wife Alix and the result are these meditations on loss grief and the limited consolation literature can provide These are not easy reads but they are overwhelmingly beautiful and profound Again this book hurts to read but some essential things are rooted in painful experiences And even in the dark heart of the Black Thing finding a way to live on after the death of your love light finds space to break through A Day in June after an epithalamium by Georges PerecThe sky is blue or soon will beThe sun winks miles above the le de la Cit And the whole world listens to Heinrich Biber s Sonatas of the RosaryInk and image in solidarity alliesLike oblivion and recordAt the beginning of the nineteenheavenliesAnd the jet black of early youth and adulthood s blue turuoiseAnd the yellow abalone of nothingness which may not be mentioned or thought and Resurrection s white shellWere all wound around the gentle noise of this day

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Und and moving transcription of loss mourning grief and the attempts to face honestly and liv. It might come into my head to compare you to a dark body at an enormous distance nearly infinite emitting a dark light which keeps coming at me Entering my sleep as X rays do the flesh my waking riddled like a cloudbed with intense swift radiation It might but I won t give in to it Jacues Roubaud from M ditation de la comparaison Meditation on Comparison trans by Rosmarie WaldropI read this book as part of my ongoing project of reading books of poetry written by poets who happen to also be mathematicians See additionally my notes on Antipoems by Nicanor Parra The copy I found is translated into English by poet Rosmarie Waldrop At some point I must also get my hands on a version in the original French so that I can compare uelue chose noir Some Thing Black is just one of several books Roubaud was inspired to write by the sudden death of his wife photographer Alix Cleo Roubaud from a pulmonary embolism at age 31 While other books Roubaud wrote exploring this theme Le grand incendie de Londres La boucle Mathematiue are in prose uelue chose noir is prose poetry This means Roubaud plays with spacing capitalization he often drops the first capital letter in a sentence typography repetition and neologisms eg Waldrop s translation of Un jour de juin d apr s un pithalame de Georges Perec A Day in June includes the felicitous coinage At the beginning of the nineteenheavenlies and I m now dying to know how this phrase reads in the original FrenchAs befits a mathematician both Roubaud s thought and the language with which he expresses it are precise and also grounded in the building blocks of science vectors and cells pulse and periodicity identity and isomorphism Roubaud s language also embodies a deep understanding of his late wife s field photography indeed it s the black and white of her exposed film that gives the book s title one of its many layered meaningsRather like being a science fiction author a big part of being a mathematician consists of proposing and conducting thought experiments What if there were a ring of numbers like the integers 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 which had to obey all the rules that rings must obey except that in addition to all the integers it also included the suare root of 5 What would this ring be like Would long division be possible in it Could each of the elements in the ring be factored into prime numbers in a uniue way Et cetera Or broadly speaking What if there existed a world just like the one we live in except that this one little thing were different And if this world had to remain internally consistent What would this alternate world be like As a way to grapple with his grief and bereavement Roubaud runs several such thought experiments in these prose poems as in Une logiue A Logic which as translated by Waldrop runs as follows The world of one who would be two not solipsism bi ipsism In this world if it could have been thought another s thoughts would always have been thoughts of the other of the two Thoughts of the outside in this world of ours would have been of things appearing to our alternating consciousness and only those perceptions of yours and mine which reached utopian fusion would really have existed on our twosome island Fridge stove fading light shouts noises children not hostile clamor between us thought the kitchen tableHere the mathematics of 1 s and 2 s is used to conjure up the intimacy of married life and to make stark the widower s isolation Roman photo Photo Novel puts forth another such thought experiment this one based around the axiom The novel consists of adventures told in the time they are happening and traces the conseuences of this axiom to their movingly bleak logical conclusion There is someone a man He has no name There is his young wife Who is dead The novel takes place in several possible worlds In some the woman is not dead When there is only one world left where she is dead the novel is finishedThe book consists of 9 sections each consisting of 9 prose poems each prose poem under 2 pages in length many are exactly 9 lines long followed by a single lineated poem at the end The first three sections are perhaps the most lucidly written the most accessible with subseuent sections being dense and elliptical and difficult to sieve meaning from though even there there are moments that stand out in their clarity such as the poet s wrenchingly naked admissions of his persistent sexual desire for his dead wife Yet I desire In full daylight I plunge into these conflagrations from the poem Pornography But perhaps such cool analytic judgments are not the right way to interact with this book which does not seem to be trying to be literary does not seem to be trying to be anything than a naked unedited recording of one man s coping with death


10 thoughts on “uelue chose noir

  1. says:

    Searing and yet placid There's an ill adjusted peace on display a rounded resignation I found myself aware that I didn't read Cancer Ward until last month because for 15 years people I cared about were dealing with the illness and I had to maintain a distance That is not an act of severing but instead a downcast pivot Roubaud's po

  2. says:

    It is very difficult to write about this volume of poetry If you have ever lost someone you love than you know that it is best to keep those emotions at a certain distance when it is possible if it is possible Roubaud did

  3. says:

    This ten part poetry cycle was written by Oulipo legend Mr Roubaud in memory of his young wife Alix Cléo a Canadian photographer who died of an embolism aged 31 Her own book Alix's Journal also available from Dalkey is a collection of moody BW photos and compliments this volume creating a chilling portrait of death and its permanent imprints The poems here use various complex constraints and stark free verse

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          It might come into my head to compare you to a dark body at an enormous distance nearly infinite emitting a dark light which keeps coming at me     Entering my sleep as X rays do the flesh my waking riddled like a cloudbed with intense swift radiation     It might but I won't give in to it

  5. says:

    This was fucking horrifying I agree with some others here it's not all great poetryAlix perhaps for being female was in tune with life There's some of that of her hereThe sensorial stuff especially is like a cold knife inserted between the ribs You know how they say that to grieve focus on the physical sensation of the feeling

  6. says:

    I am not exactly enad with Roubaud's poetry but I am certainly taken by his wife her life and work her journal and pictures realizing that it must have been hard to lose a woman like that and to deal with the loss on a daily

  7. says:

    Perfect perfect perfectUniue and movingRoubaud's poetic language and vision are unrepeatably original He really managed to create something that touches the soul in a way it never expirienced before I was astonished I feel c

  8. says:

    This is a book that contains 100% pure unadulterated grief Excellent book

  9. says:

    Loss in light in the shadow on the wall in the rays of the sun that lay on the window pain Loss in the silver emulsion that turns black in its negative in the picture on the wall writing language and silence Loss in photography and in poetry

  10. says:

    This was one of the first collection of poems I read back when I was 21 Almost 11 years later I still remember the experience well and occasionally open the book every few years Its tone and images have stuck with me In the collection the poet Roubauld paints a view of grief reflecting and being haunted by the death of his wife Alec Cleo who died at the young age of 31Some of these poems are uite raw but they transcend b

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