by Jacques Roubaud
Translated by Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop
Publication Date: 07/01/2006
Composed of 150 poems, with a title taken from Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, and partly a response to the poetry of Raymond Queneau, this collection explores Jacques Roubaud’s many poetic modes. He skips from the strict form of the sonnet to the freedom of prose poetry without abandoning the melancholy playfulness that has defined his lengthy writing career. A selection of Roubaud’s best recent work, The Form of a City describes not only Paris, but also its people, its writers (and those of the Oulipo in particular), its monumental past, and its unsteady response to change.2).