Australian Journal of French Studies

Intermusicality, Space and Deleuzian Aesthetics in Jacques Réda’s “Quatre lettres de Coleman Hawkins”

Australian Journal of French Studies (2017), 54, (2-3), 129–145.

Abstract

Jacques Réda’s foundational relation to jazz is clear throughout his work. The monumental series of poems in L’Improviste, “Quatre lettres de Coleman Hawkins”, blends the influence of jazz in Réda’s work with his spatial poetics. Inspired by the tenor saxophone great, Réda himself improvises poetically to create a cadence that reflects the rhythms of this jazz icon. The intermusical synergy between jazz and poetry merges with intertextual improvisation through images of the sea and soaring that voice expressions of freedom and open space. In examining Réda’s poetic practice as spatial practice, this study also takes into account the spatial dimensions of Deleuze and Guattari’s thought, together with concepts they elaborate in relation to music. As Réda composes orchestral textures and movements through airborne images of clouds and birds that extend to the flowering world’s dispersive and generative momentum, a renewed and renewing space comes into being.

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Anderson, Lynn