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Night and Day

Pierre Alferi, translated by Kate Lermitte Campbell | January 15, 2013

Each poem begins with an epigraph that distills a subject and then goes on to elaborate, extrapolate, complicate. Each poem reverses "communication"; pushes meaning from one image to the next, taking it apart, transferring it from line to line in a series of transformations that finally create an experience of the present.

Pierre Alferi is the author of over fifteen novels and books of poetry as well as three volumes of philosophy/essay. He has worked extensively in the short ciné-poème form, and co-founded the influential Revue de littérature générale (1990–1996). His translations include works by John Donne, Meyer Shapiro, and Giorgio Agamben. Born in 1963, he graduated from the École Normale Supérieur, rue d'Ulm. He has taught at the ENSBA in Lyon, France, and currently at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France.

Kate Lermitte Campbell recently completed a DPhil at Oxford University. The title of her thesis was ‘Thought, Perception and the Creative Act: A Study of the Work of Four Contemporary French Poets: Pierre Alferi, Valère Novarina, Anne Portugal and Christophe Tarkos.’ She lives and works in Paris.