The Flirt Formula

Written by Anne Portugal | Translated by Jean-Jacques Poucel | July 2012
The Flirt Formula
(Fence Books/La Presse, July 2012)

The poems go two by two across facing pages, where they press against each other, connect, and go forth in a tremulous manifesto. The result is a syntactical vertigo poised above nothingness. The halves meet only in an instant, suggesting that the crux of poetry is the art of not quite touching.

Anne Portugal was born in Angers, in 1949. She lives and teaches in Paris, France. She is the author of numerous volumes of experimental poetry, including Nude (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Quisite Moment (Burning Deck, 2008), Absolute Bob (Burning Deck, 2010) and The Flirt formula (Fence Books/La Presse, 2012).

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