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FLOTS DE HAINE

SAINT-LOUIS, Carlos

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Le Reveila, 1949. First Edition. Small 4to. Half red cloth over marbled boards. Gilt title spine. What were likely original wraps not bound in, though as provenance is ex-libris Maurice A. Lubin (who wrote the preface), possible presentation binding. Interior moderately toned and foxed. Stain to p. 5 not effecting any text. Mild wear to edges externally. Very good. Text in French. 26pp. (Item ID: 21724)

Rare collection of radical verse from this important Haitian poet. Apparently his second collection (the first, FLAMMES, was published in 1947 as part of the same "Collection Haitiana" series as this title, and a third collection, CHANTS DE RETOUR, would appear in 1954). Includes a foreword by Alfred Icart, as well as a preface by scholar Maurice A. Lubin ó who would go on to edit with Saint-Louis the influential anthology PANORAMA DE LA POESIE HAITIENNE (1950). That work and Saint-Louis' teaching would leave an unmistable mark on Haitian verse in the second half of the 20th century. He was a fiercly political poet, who actively opposed the rise of Magloire. Of Saint-Louise, the preeminent critic of French literature Wallace Fowlie wrote: "[he] was a poet by virtue of the very tension of his entire being which he lived with every day. It was a tension without artiface [...] The major accents in [his] writing [...] are decidely of the Negro race, and obsessively sad. It is the poet's lucidity bent upon understanding dreams and contrasting them with the so-called experieences of reality" (SITES: A Third Memoir p 122). OCLC does not locate this title. And his other two books from the period are represented by just five holdings worldwide. Given the rather poor production qualities of the book, and tropical conditions in Haiti, a fugitive edition.


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