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Virginie Lalucq was born in Paris on May 8, 1975. She is the author of Fortino Sámano, with Jean-Luc Nancy (Galilée, 2004), and Couper les tiges (Act Mem/Comp’act, 2001). The Center for the Study of Poetry in Lyons says of Lalucq’s work: “A certain desire to experiment characterizes her work, a desire that translates most clearly in the number of collaborative performance and writing projects in which she has engaged, and the diversity of the source materials on which she draws in her poetry.” A founding member of the editorial collective for the journal Nioques, Lalucq is currently a librarian at the National Foundation of the Political Sciences in Paris, where she lives.

from Fortino Samano

Virginie Lalucq, 1975

How can he be absolutely in motion and
absolutely motionless at the same time?
Is it because, far from his place, he seeks
absolutely to return there? Or to occupy it
absolutely?
A body in motion sometimes leaves traces 
in motionless bodies. From which the snowy
image: each thing in its place is absolutely in
motion is absolutely at rest.


D’où vient qu’il est absolument en mouvement et
absolument immobile en même temps ?
Est-ce parce qu’éloigné de son lieu, il cherche
absolument à y retourner ? Ou bien qu’il l’occupe 
absolument ?
Un corps en mouvement laisse parfois des traces
dans les corps immobiles. D’où l’effet neigeux de
l’image: chaque chose à sa place est absolument
en mouvement est absolument au repos. 

From Fortino Samano (The Overflowing of the Poem) by Virginie Lalucq and Jean-Luc Nancy, translated by Cynthia Hogue and Sylvain Gallais. Copyright © 2012 by Virginie Lalucq, Jean-Luc Nancy, Cynthia Hogue and Sylvain Gallais. Used by permission of Omnidawn. All rights reserved.

From Fortino Samano (The Overflowing of the Poem) by Virginie Lalucq and Jean-Luc Nancy, translated by Cynthia Hogue and Sylvain Gallais. Copyright © 2012 by Virginie Lalucq, Jean-Luc Nancy, Cynthia Hogue and Sylvain Gallais. Used by permission of Omnidawn. All rights reserved.

Virginie Lalucq

Virginie Lalucq was born in Paris on May 8, 1975. She is the author of Fortino Sámano, with Jean-Luc Nancy (Galilée, 2004), and Couper les tiges (Act Mem/Comp’act, 2001).