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With Jacques Roubaud's The Shape of a City Changes Faster, Alas, Than the Human Heart (Dalkey Archive Press), a selection of 150 of his poems, and Poetry, Etcetera: Cleaning House (Green Integer) both out this summer (and Jacques Roubaud and the Invention of Memory by Jean-Jacques F. Poucel (University of North Carolina Press) due out in December) my thoughts have been turning to this French poet and mathematician, member of Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle) and president of the Association Georges Perec.


Steve's review of The Great Fire of London is a fine place to start reading about Roubaud and I've also just stumbled across Marjorie Perloff's long essay, over at the excellent Jacket magazine, “But isn’t the same at least the same?”: Translatability in Wittgenstein, Duchamp, and Jacques Roubaud. You can also read Roubaud's Poetry Two Thousand and Two: A Defence? at Poetry International Web.

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