Kirby Jambon reconnu par l'Académie Française

posted Nov 16, 2014, 7:25 PM by Amanda LaFleur   [ updated Nov 16, 2014, 7:46 PM ]
petites communions
Louisiana poet and immersion teacher Kirby Jambon has been named the winner of the prestigious Prix Henri de Régnier by the Académie Française for 2014.  This is the first time ever that a Louisiana author has been so recognized by the Academy.  Jambon, a Thibodaux native who was raised on Bayou Lafourche, will be reading from his award-winning work, Petites communions, at a celebration in his honor to be held at Vermilionville in Lafayette on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 PM.  The event is free and open to the public.  Food and drink will be available for sale at the celebration. Venez partager notre joie!

“We have need, indeed, a profound need of this collection of poetry and musings penned by Kirby Jambon. Why? Because this book is more than a book; it is art –deep, moving and profound art. What will you find here? When he’s not writing poetry, Kirby is a teacher and h is “Petites Communions” teach us lessons, much needed lessons for the entire world. For those who would relegate Louisianan French to the dustbin of history, this poetry will open your eyes and make your ears dance to the tune of lilting modernity and you will see how a language can draw strength from a myriad of sources to project itself into unknown tomorrows. For those who seek to make your lives fit into the neat boxes of ‘mine’ and ‘yours’, this poetry will shamelessly snap at you. It will penetrate your boundaries with generosity, sharing, and the ability to give. For those who see paradise as some faraway ideal, this poetry will enlighten you. It will reveal to you the heaven that dwells in the cracks of daily routine, in the hollows of the hic and nunc, in the heart of ‘righthererightnow.’ For those who think, like the major dictionaries, that a ‘communion’ is a ‘gathering of individuals’ who profess the same beliefs,’ this poetry will surprise you. It will teach you the real meaning of religion : the quest to discover all that binds us together when we go beyond our differences. We are not just mere observers fascinated by this poet-prophet-teller-of-tales-and-juggler-of-thought : we walk beside him and dance with him on razor’s edge, held in suspension between tears and laughter, between Mardi Gras and the cosmos, between ecstatic faith and joyous heresy. Kirby invites us all to commune with him there.” -Clint Bruce