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Some Thing Black (1986) [Collection]
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In 1983 Jacques Roubaud's wife Alix Cleo died at the age of 31 of a pulmonary embolism. The grief-stricken author responded with one brief poem ("Nothing"), then fell silent for thirty months. In subsequent years, Roubaud--poet, novelist, mathematician--composed a series of prose poems, a collection that is a profound mediation on the experience of death, the devastation it brings to the lover who goes on living, and the love that remains. Despite the universality of this experience, no other writer has so devoted himself to exploring and recording the many-edged forms of grief, mourning, bewilderment, emptiness, and loneliness that attend death. No other writer has provided a kind of solace while facing with honesty and hardness the intricate ways in which the living are affected by such a loss. Included in this edition is a portfolio of photographs made by Roubaud's wife in 1980 entitled "If Some Thing Black."


  • Meditation of 5/12/85
  • Meditation on Certainty
  • I Wanted to Avert Her Eyes Forever
  • Unlikeness
  • Desolation Reigned in My Heart
  • Where Are You?
  • Wavering Point
  • Meditation of 7/21/85
  • Pulse
  • The Moment I Get Up
  • Meditation of 5/8/85
  • The Sense of the Past
  • Till Nightfall
  • 1983: January. 1985: June
  • I Can Face Your Picture
  • In the Morning
  • In This Minimal Space
  • Endings
  • C.R.A.Pi.Po.: Composition, Rhythmic and Abstract, for Pigeons and Poet
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • A Day in June
  • Light, for Example
  • A Logic
  • Photo-Novel
  • Novel, II
  • Novel, III
  • Certainty and Color
  • I'll Turn Away
  • Meditative Portrait
  • Pexa et Hirsuta
  • But: At That Moment (Meditative Portrait, II)
  • Death
  • Dead
  • Meditative Portrait, III
  • Meditative Portrait, IV
  • Meditative Portrait, V
  • Meditation on the Indistinct, on Heresy
  • Meditation on the Identical
  • Singular Death
  • Meditation on Plurality
  • Scenario of Meditation
  • Meditation on the Senses
  • Theology of Nonexistence
  • Meditation on Comparison
  • Apatriates
  • This Photograph, Your Last
  • Envoi
  • Clouds
  • Light-Brush
  • Riddle
  • The Art of Seeing
  • Statement of Compliance
  • "All These Photographs Are Me"
  • This Photograph, Your Last
  • Now Without Likeness
  • In This Light
  • This Region
  • In This Light, II
  • History Knows No Souvenirs
  • In This Light, III
  • Pornography
  • In This Light, IV
  • Real and Steadfast Death
  • I Cannot Write About You
  • The Idea of This Place
  • "This Very Thing, Your Death and the Poem"
  • Dialogue
  • Tone
  • You Escape Me
  • Universe
  • Naive World
  • Aphasia
  • The Days
  • Inside Me
  • For Good
  • The Time We Had in the World
  • In This Tree
  • Non-Life
  • Non-Life, II
  • Non-Life, III
  • Non-Life, IV
  • Nothing
  • If Some Thing Black: Photographs by Alix Cleo Roubaud

Original title: Quelque chose noir
Original languages: French


Genre: PoetryVerse

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Edition #1: Some Thing Black

Some Thing Black (1990)
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Language: English

Translated by: Rosmarie Waldrop
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ISBN: 1564782069

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