Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance - Carl Sandburg..........Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject - John Keats .........Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge - William Wordsworth ..........Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand - Plato .........No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language - Samuel Taylor Coleridge .........One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written. Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective. What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves - W. H. Auden ...........Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash - Leonard Cohen .........There is a pleasure in poetic pains which only poets know - William Cowper .........Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood -T. S. Eliot ..........Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason - Novalis...........He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life - George Sand .........A poem is never finished, only abandoned - Paul Valery ........A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland - Kahlil Gibran.............Poetry should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance - John Keats..........To be a poet is a condition, not a profession - Robert Frost........A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself - E. M. Forster.........Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo - Don Marquis...........Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things - T. S. Eliot ..........You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick. You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in - Dylan Thomas .........Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words - Paul Engle......... There is not a joy the world can give like that it takes away! Lord Byron

L'écrivain guinéen Tierno Monénembo reçoit le Renaudot

 

par  RFI (avec AFP)

Nadwah - Hong Kong - 10/11/2008

 

La Francophonie est récompensée avec l'attribution du prix Renaudot à l'écrivain guinéen Tierno Monénembo. Son livre, Le roi de Kahel, raconte l'épopée d'Olivier de Sanderval, un précurseur de la colonisation en Afrique de l'ouest. Tierno Monénembo vit en France depuis plus de 15 ans.

A 61 ans, Tierno Monénembo est l'auteur d'une dizaine de romans dont le thème central évoque l'impuissance des intellectuels en Afrique et les difficultés des Africains en France.

Avec Le roi de Kahel, l'auteur guinéen raconte l'épopée d'Olivier de Sanderval, un précurseur de la colonisation en Afrique de l'ouest au début du XIXème siècle.

Dans cet ouvrage, Olivier de Sanderval parvient à gagner la confiance du chef du pays peul et va tenter de se tailler un royaume contre la volonté de son propre pays.

Tierno Monénembo puise dans sa propre histoire l'inspiration de ses romans, sur le thème de l'exil et de l'errance. Né en 1947, il avait fui la dictature de Sekou Touré en Guinée en 1969, et parcouru près de 150 kilomètres à pied pour rejoindre le Sénégal où il avait alors entamé des études de médecine à Dakar. Il gagnera ensuite la Côte d'Ivoire pour poursuivre des études de biochimie, qu'il poursuivra en France, à partir de 1973. Outre Le roi de Kahel, Tierno Monénembo a publié Les crapauds-brousse en 1979, et Peuls, en 2004.

 

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