Poetics of Work

Poetics of Work

by Noémi Lefebvre

Translated by Sophie Lewis

Published by: Transit Books

120 Pages, 5.25 x 8.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781945492440
  • Published: March 2021

$15.95

A state of emergency is declared in "the good city of Lyon" and protesters and police clash in the streets. At the unemployment office, there are few job opportunities for poets going around. So the poet reads accounts of life under the Third Reich and in Nazi language, smokes cannabis, walks through the streets, and eats bananas, drawn by an overbearing father into a hilarious and often cynical exploration of the push to be employed and the pull to write. In this Oulipian experiment written without gender markers for its narrator, Noémi Lefebvre presents us with a comic and irreverent reckoning with the rise of nationalism and the hegemony capitalism has on our language, actions, and identities.