Victor Pouchet, after two novels (Why do birds die, in 2017, and Self-portrait of the deer, in 2020) offers a novel in verse, a novel-poem as there are more and more, from Marie Testu to Clémentine Beauvais. Like a return to the origin but with the words, the rhythm and the subjects of today. With a particular energy, which spins and takes care of a refined speech. You could call them “roemes”. This one tells, with humor, a story of a couple whose harmony lies in their disagreements. Go or stay? Take this strained relationship seriously, at the risk of it breaking down for good, or relax the atmosphere with a light word, a trivial remark, over the page, over the leg? Behind this false detachment, another politeness, that of the verses of a poem “Which is not addressed to anyone in particular” but who cares right after “Are you still receiving my messages?” “. A very original sentimental and epistolary comedy where the poem incandescents the little love that remains. But that is enough, perhaps.
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