Nightboat 2010, translated by Nathanaël


A poetics of relation is Glissant’s theory of the possibility attendant upon a re-alignment of cultural imagination…Beyond this comes the poetry of his language. While the text features a variety of modes, from the knotted language of French critical/creative theory, to the sparseness of abstract allegory, to the directness of personal anecdote, throughout all of this his distinct poetic voice emerges, the most salient feature of which would be his accretionary style. Think of those Russian dolls — dolls within dolls. Think of a beautiful handcrafted basket made of straw — rows upon rows encircling and extending. This is a style that matches his imperative: go to the terra incognito; listen; and through the gradual incursions of understanding, build a relation.

—Matt Reeck, Jacket2

Poetic Intention by Edouard Glissant

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