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Mothballs by Seb Doubinsky

July 7, 2017





"two words
one poem
many possibilities"

Why Seb Doubinsky is a great poet ? Most certainly because he knows how to exceed the "I" - ...When he says :
"head full of noise
heart full of noise
empty hands"



"my lungs are old 
but breath
is even older"






Behind the first skin of his words  is hidden an universality that disintegrates the indivudality. Because the world today is full of noise, because in this uproar where we all survive we are armless and sometimes so helpless, yes, our hands are empty and maybe in first place because we have nothing to give to the next generation. And yes, lungs of our civilization are old and the breath which animates the poet is comming from far away. You can take any poem from this book and feel this overtaking between the poet and the world. The power of Seb Doubinsky's poetry also resides in its brevity, three lines can plunge you into a deep meditation :


Every stone on
the path is rich
with the promise
of violence"

Do I need to explain? Really ? I guess this poetry doesn't need more keys or more comments, "Mothballs" poems don't need me because great talent travels alone, and as the poet says :

"words travel faster than light
even if our hands and tongue
are heavier than air
and tied by shadows" 


You can find more "Seb Doubinsky poetry books" published by  http://www.leakyboot.com

Grégory Huck


Seb Doubinsky was born in Paris and spent part of his childhood in the USA, an experience that indelibly marked him for life. He currently lives in Denmark with his wife and children. He writes fluently in both French and English and has published more than a dozen novels that blur the boundaries between literary fiction, science fiction and crime fiction, and a volume of short stories. His poetry has been published around the world to great acclaim and has been collected in at least eleven stand-alone volumes. He edits the bilingual literary magazine Le Zaporogue, publishes books under his Les Editions du Zaporogue imprint and is at work on at least one new novel.

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