Jean Daive was born
in 1941. This book is part 7 of his multi-volume work,
Narration d'equilibre, of which 9 parts have appeared between
1990. He is known as one of the important French avant-garde poets.
book, Decimale blanche (MdF, 1967) was translated in German
Celan, into English by Cid Corman (White Decimal, Origin,
"...technically brilliant and intellectually rich... a restrained,
controlled work of wit and elegance, more classical than romantic,
objective than subjective, more a work of highbrow intellect than
--Dawn Michelle Baude, American Book Review
"The elegance of this book lies rooted in the sultriness
of naming and the
eroticism of possessing--and paradoxically, the unreliability of writing
specifically name or possess anything. Daive's poetry is immersed
the blurs, perforations, negatives and details that surround objects....
force of words that can simultaneously cradle and destroy the space
thought is what Daive's poetry masters. He charts the movements from
thought to word, from desire to touch, with the eye of one tracking
visible ship on the horizon."
--Kristin Prevallet, Taproot
"Unlike some of his contemporaries, he does not avoid drama.
silences between his short verbal disjuctive constructs carry emotion--like
erratic nervous ticks. Behind the fracturing of his sentences, there
narrative movement...like fast-moving films. Memory breaks into the
making what is present veiled, but the action is always engaging,
dramatic, yet strangely disengaged as with the hysterical girl and
who is 'north of human'."
--Harriet Zinnes, Small Press