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Earth on Fire and other poems

Earth on Fire and other poems

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Joseph René
Noyau (1911–84) was a Creolophone and Francophone Mauritian writer and poet who wrote under
a number of pseudonyms including Jean Erenne which he used for the poems in
this collection. Noyau lived and wrote at a crucial time in the history of the island of Mauritius. He was a passionately committed man of letters and a pioneer of personal and literary freedom in the march to an independent Mauritius. This book presents a selection of Noyau’s poems in their
original French and in English translation.

From Peter Pegnall:

'There are
many reasons to be fascinated by René Noyau… He cannot be pigeonholed in any
particular style or subject matter, moves from the earthy to the ethereal,
often in the same poem. A devotee of the surreal image, exotic and startling,
he is also capable of a raw clarity that hammers home his meaning. Like many
true artists, René was not the best custodian or promoter of his work and his
native land was not entirely ready for his force or originality. The current
volume is an effort to reach an audience he might never have imagined, to be a
recognition and a discovery for years to come, crossing age and cultural