© Lucie Robin
Biography“Poetry and Resistance appear as two edges of the same blade on which we tirelessly hone our dignity.”
Jean Sénac, Le Soleil sous les armes, 1957.
Samira Negrouche is part of a new generation of Francophone Algerian poets: a 'species' thought to be destined for disappearance with the post-revolutionary adoption of Arabic as first language in schools and universities. Still, Francophone Algerian poets and other writers – who “write in French to tell the French that they are not French”, in Kateb Yacine’s mordant phrase – persist in writing, and writing in, through, against a tradition that is wholly theirs. But far from addressing themselves exclusively to the French, their work has a life throughout North and sub-Saharan Africa, in all the Francophone world, and, in translation, in South and North America and throughout Europe.
'Six Arbres de fortune autour de ma baignoire' (Six makeshift trees around my bathtub) is the title poem of a book consisting of seven sequences, often poems that reflect or obliquely reference sculptural and pictorial installations, or musical compositions, as well as the landscape that continually renews her imagination. The sequence here depends on images, juxtaposes and eludes them: cartoons, Orthodox icons, rock paintings in the Hoggar mountains of Algeria, astronomy, a contemporary cityscape – and exemplifies the verbal legerdemain with which she observes and presents her world to us.
© Guest-edited by Marilyn HackerBOOKS
Faiblesse n’est pas de dire… Algiers: Barzakh, 2001.
Les Vagues du silence, by Yasminah Salih, Alger: Al Ikhtilef, 2002. (Translation)
L’opéra cosmique, Algiers: Al Ikhtilef, 2003.
Iridienne, Echalas: Color Gang, 2005.
A l'ombre de Grenade, Toulouse A.P l'étoile, 2003 ; Lettres Char-nues, Algiers 2006.
Cabinet secret, Echalas: Color Gang, 2007.
Le Jazz des oliviers, Blida: Editions du Tell, 2010.
Quand l'Amandier refleurira, Anthology, 2012.
Six arbres de fortune autour de ma baignoire, Mazette, Paris 2017.
“Quai 2I1, partition à trois axes”, Mazette, Paris 2019
in English translation
The Olives Trees’ Jazz & Other Poems Tr. Marilyn Hacker, Warrensburg Missouri, Pleiades Press 2020
ESSAY The poet on her identities
VIDEO On Algerian Poetry Now”
VIDEO At NYU
INTERVIEW On having three mother tongues
INTERVIEW On living in Algeria
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère