Danielle Collobert; Notebooks 1956 -1978 [I]

1956 June Mountains above Sacro Monte — light air — light curves of red mountains scraped white wounds — deep — a song — far away —high toward the horizon. The heat disperse little by little — fatigue — anachronistic foreground — telephone poles crossing in front of the etrance to the caves — *** Grenada — the forge el yunque — the anvil — peaceful sound — regularity of the blows — hammer — sound of metal — the rhythm intense, powerful — dark workshop — hanging on the walls — straps — twisted iron bars — metal shapes…

Reading Danielle Collobert

  John Taylor Collobert (1940–78) is the author of five haunting books of prose and prose-like poetry which the Parisian publisher POL has just brought back from oblivion. It is both moving and fitting that Meurtre(Murder, 1964), Dire I (Say I, 1972), Dire II (Say II,1972), Il donc (It Then, 1976) and Survie (Survival, 1978) are now gathered under one cover, constituting the first volume of Collobert’s collected works, Oeuvres I. A second volume, Oeuvres II, comprising her journal, her several radio texts, and miscellaneous writings, will appear next year. This is no routine reissue. Pages by Collobert may perplex,…