\u201cMusic is the brute that shows. It is the avowal of materials, And stutters between its clanging of things.\u201dHow should one think this musical groove of the poem whose back and forth motion shuffles the material of ordinary language and revives the frozen speech of old chants?
This question by renowned French thinker Jacques Ranci\u00e8re is the entry point for his earnest and careful reading of one of France\u2019s most singular and important contemporary poets.
For Ranci\u00e8re, Philippe Beck sets himself the task of a poetry after poetry whereby Beck re-writes and transforms the poems of the past, reanimating faded genres, poetizing the prose of popular tales and even commentaries regarding poems.
To read and follow this groove traced as such cannot simply be done by way of taking the poems as objects of study.
It supposes a dialogue regarding what these poems attempt to do as well as an idea of a poetry which serves as their foundation.
This book on Philippe Beck is thus also a book made with him.