Yusuf Kadel, “Soluble in the Eye” (excerpts)

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(June, 2019)

Born in 1970, Mauritian poet and playwright Yusuf Kadel has published four collections to date: Un septembre noir (1998; Prix Jean Fanchette), Surenchairs (1999; shortlisted for the Prix Radio France du Livre de l’Océan Indien), Soluble dans l’œil (2010) and Minuit (2013; shortlisted for the Prix SACD de la dramaturgie de langue française). He contributes regularly to a variety of publications, primarily in Mauritius, France and Quebec. Recipient of a grant from the CnL (Centre national du Livre) and co-founder of the poetry journal Point barre, he was nominated in 2009 for the Prix Continental du jeune espoir littéraire africain. In 2014, he edited the Anthologie de la Poésie mauricienne contemporaine d’expression française (Paris, Éditions Acoria).

Guy Bennett is a writer and translator living and working in Los Angeles. His recent publications include Œuvres presque accomplies (2018) and For an Ineffable Metrics of the Desert (2018), the selected poems of Mostafa Nissabouri.

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