Founded in 1961 by Jean-Pierre Rosnay
in order to
"render poetry contagious and inevitable"
because it is "the anti-pollutant of mental space,
the counterweight and the antidote for an existence which
tends to turn us into robots",
the Club des poetes has "many strings in its lyre":
* It is a place for presentations
* It is a place for meetings and exchanges
* It is a place open to the world
30 rue de Bourgogne 75007 Paris
Every night (except Sunday) anyone can come to dine or to have a drink.
Starting at 10 o'clock, actors and singers interpret poems, from
Le Cantique des Cantiques , to young unknown poets,
making the rounds past Villon, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Anna de Noailles, Lorca,
Saint-Pol-Roux, Marina Tsvetaeva, Desnos, Aragon, Césaire, etc.
is made to be played, so is poetry above all made to be voiced. A book
is never just a refrigerator where one can interpose notions, ideas, emotions,
sensations, in the intent of sharing them with those whom one loves, or,
in an even more ambitious project with the po po po po po po po po ...
(21 fois) posterity".
Two Wednesdays a month the members of
the Association of Friends of the Club des poetes
get together to share their poetic discoveries. The ACP publishes
the journal "Vivre en Poésie" and edits a collection
poems : the Collection du Club des Poètes.
(Chili), Octavio Paz (Mexique), Ma Desheng (Chine),
Ana Blandiana (Roumanie), Mahmoud Darwich (Palestine),
Vinicius de Moraes (Brésil), Georges Schéhadé (Liban), ...
you can never finish quoting poets from all corners of the world
who have come to the Club des poetes.
And when they don't come to us, we go to them.
Le Club des Poètes organizes tours in France
as well as internationally and has created delegations in 17 countries.