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« Désâmé », c’est du Desbiens typique et classique. Un lecteur familier y retrouvera des effets vus ailleurs, assonances, comparaisons, structures syntaxiques en parallèle, mots fétiches même.

L’originalité de ce recueil réside dans l. a. nuance nouvelle des thèmes et photos obsédants. Une originalité troublante de vérité. Mine de rien, parmi d’autres thèmes, celui de los angeles mort qui s’y profile, et los angeles sienne entrevue de bien plus près qu’avant. À ce thème s’allie, un peu plus appuyée, sa pratique de los angeles poésie : rapports entre le poète et los angeles poésie, entre le poème et los angeles gangue de vie dont il s’extrait.

« Ce titre, Désâmé, indique en tous cas assez clairement que l’expérience de désenchantement et de désœuvrement (de déréliction ? ) qui suscite le poème touche aux fibres de l’être. Peut-être davantage, ici, que dans ses précédents opus, cette expérience en est une d’écriture, Desbiens élaborant dans los angeles première partie de son livre, judicieusement intitulée « Italiques », un artwork poétique aussi humble que malicieux, aussi désarmé que désarmant :

J’écris à los angeles main
j’écris sur du pain
sans savoir
de quelle encre
le beurrer.

Je ne sais pas
de quel poème
vient le poème. »

« Voix et pictures », no. 7

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Wordmixing poems | 57 3. Variations This activity can be used to practise any adjective or noun topics you have studied in class. As long as each category 1-6 is different and there are equal numbers o f noun and adjective groups, the activity will work well. Below are some topics which have been effective: adjectives o f taste: sweet, sour, spicy, hot, dry adjectives o f texture/feel: hard, spiky, furry, soft, smooth adjectives o f temperature: hot, lukewarm, tepid, cool, warm transport: bus, car, taxi, train, plane, bicycle, air balloon animals (including fish and insects): tiger, cat, mouse, lion, salmon, spider rites of passage: birthday, anniversary, graduation, marriage, confirmation, school-days, youth, adulthood, old age family members: mother, father, sister, uncle, cousin Com m ents Sometimes your students may put together noun + noun instead of adjective + noun.

They can be encouraged • • • • to use English-English dictionaries to ask native speakers to find out from one another and/or from more advanced students to use dictionaries o f idioms. Com m ents The examples in this activity will lead your students to invent words. W ith less advanced students, you may wish to work only with real words. The following are examples o f real words which can be generated from the suggested list: to brown (browned, browning): used to describe cooking gently, for example, brown the onions in a pan.

5 Rhythm poems: Gone to London Level Elementary to intermediate Tim e 25 minutes A im s To help the whole class recognize and enjoy the rhythm in words and groups of words and to practise the pronunciation of proper nouns. Preparation Check proper nouns in the glossary. Procedure 1 Tell your students they are going to write and perform story poems using names o f people and places only. For this they will need only a paper and pen. They must listen to your question, and write down the name o f a person or place only for each answer.

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