Red, Green & Black

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Red, Green & Black is almost (just about, quite like, virtually, similar to) a translation of Cadiot's French "original," with this difference: its life in "the American" hits the "target" just as often as in the French. Olivier Cadiot — one of Paris' most provocative, original, and funny new poets — teams up with L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E's Charles Bernstein to compose a poem noir, where it's never clear what's happening or who done it -- only that a new kind of poetry from France has just arrived.

"The game is grammatical, but the arrow hits: a real corpse decomposes. Between repetition, tautology and quotation, falls dead silence. What seems a sort of ready-made language (in which Charles Bernstein's playfulness matches Cadiot's) turns out to be a carnival on top of `catastrophe/catastrophic'. Need I add: a poem for our time?"

—Rosmarie Waldrop