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from despair (through numbers) to creation, 21 Nov 2002
This is one of the most unusual book of poetry you are likely to read. The poems track the author's state of mind through the period of his wife's death at a young age. The poems are at points self-declared as anti-poems. With Roubaud being a Professor of mathematics, it is both the failure of the logic of maths to make sense of his experience and the failure of poetry to do anything but clarify his pain that gives the poetry its edge. It is as if he attempts to apply the logic of mathematics to language to see what happens. The result is distinct, exciting, unusual - if incredibly dark.