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LECTURE: "Hold The Line", Pierre Vinclair

  • Sing Lit Station 3A Jalan Kubor Singapore, 199201 Singapore (map)

Sing Lit Station's Jalan Kubor Writing Residency proudly presents "Hold the Line", a lecture on contemporary French poetry (1870-2018) by Pierre Vinclair.

"The pure work implies the disappearance of the poet as speaker, yielding his initiative to words, which are mobilized by the shock of their difference; they light up with reciprocal reflections like a virtual stream of fireworks over jewels, restoring perceptible breath to the former lyric impulse, or the enthusiastic personal directing of the sentence." – Stéphane Mallarmé

Covering the hows and whys of French poetry after the publication of Mallarmé's seminal essay "Crisis in Poetry", Sing Lit Station's writer-in-residence Pierre Vinclair will analyse the trajectory and development of contemporary French poetry in a lecture that incorporates video and sound with original texts translated into English.

A robust Q&A session will follow the lecture. Admission is free, although donations of any amount are encouraged. Copies of "Une Nouvelle Celebration: Portraits of Chongqing", a collaborative work featuring French and English text by Pierre Vinclair and photographs by Patrick Wack, will be available for sale during the event.

Pierre Vinclair is a freelance editor and multilingual translator from France, currently based in Singapore. A prolific novelist, poet, philosopher and non-fiction writer, Pierre will be working on two literary projects (Botanic Songs and Mohamed) and two translation projects simultaneously over the course of his residency. He was also a special guest on our LAF-SLS Translation Retreat in Nov 2017.

VENUE: Sing Lit Station
ADDRESS: 3A Jalan Kubor, Singapore 199201

19 May 2018, 4pm–5.30pm