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LAURENT ROBERT

 

 

BALTHUS I

 

Some severe
matrons are
Offended
By
The white 
Small
Panties 
Painted
By Balthus
What should
We say
However
About
This cotton
Or this silk?
Much more
Touching
Is the
Poem 
Under
The cloth
 

BALTHUS II

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Balthus 
Paints 
Never 
Ended 
Desire 
A woman 
Not yet 
Born
Thérèse 
Dreaming
About 
A hungry 
Wolf 
Or a 
Caressing 
Hand


Michel Houellebecq

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Just like 
Such a poet
Said in 
One line 
I want 
To come 
Nearer 
Of your 
Humid 
Zone
The train 
Has no 
Other 
Reason 
To follow 
The road 
But this 
Tunnel of 
Wet peace
(Because yes 
The world
Too fast 
Overcrossed 
Is 
Nothing 
But hills
Ballast
And fake 
Dead factories 
Only a
Warm swamp 
Is true)

 

 

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Laurent Robert is a Belgian poet, writing in French (but sometimes also in English). He was born in Chimay (Belgium) in 1969. He has published an essay, Georges Fourest ou le carnaval de la littérature (Dijon, Éditions Universitaires de Dijon, 2012) and five books of poems, Protocole du seul (Tournai, Unimuse, 1994), Dix Haïku (Wasmuël, Éditions de La Mariette, 2014), Métro Stalingrad (Saint-Denis, Edilivre, 2015), Guerres (Mazères, Le Chasseur abstrait, 2017) and Gorgonzola (Mazères, Le Chasseur abstrait, 2018). He teaches french literature and poetry at HEH (university college in Mons, Belgium) and at Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium).