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PRAISE FOR "IN ABSENTIA"


"Poussin's work drifts through diverse settings and subjects anchored only by the rich and moving language of each poem. In this collection, you will encounter vagabonds and battlefields and a third-grader on a bicycle. You will go in and out of dreams and hear beautiful and inconclusive musings about the meaning of art and life and the cosmos. Through these sundry landscapes, actors, and themes you will experience God's gracious gift of allowing us to feel through someone else's words."  ~ Dr. Cory Barnes, author of:Kingdom Children, B & H Academic, 2020

The passion of the writing, “the joy of common days,” the “silence and prayers,” and the pondering of the soul add up to, in Fabrice Poussin’s collection In Absentia, a shimmering ethereality, a stubborn wisdom. While taking us to fortress and cathedral, to ocean and boneyard, these poems shine a light on “the next realm” and “the depth yet not traveled.” Read this book for its keen feeling, its illumination.
~ Dr. William Woolfitt, author of:Spring Up Everlasting: Poems, Mercer University Press, 2020; Charles of the Desert: A Life in Verse, Paracletes Press, 2016; Beauty Strip, Texas Review Press, 2015

Imaginative and bold, Fabrice Poussin’s debut collection offers a sweeping vision of the human experience, exploring an emotional landscape of loss, loneliness, and love that is both panoramic and personal. Romantic and visionary in scope, his poems point us towards the possibilities that exist beyond the material world in a way that is not mere escapism or fantasy, for each line and image reflect a deep admiration for the dark and wild vagaries of lived experience. His verse tells the hard truth about life while ultimately celebrating the power of the imagination to transcend time and space, unifying and making things new.
~ Dr. Angie O’Neal, author of: The Way Things Fall, Anchor & Plume Press, 2018.

Fabrice Poussin beautifully communicates the feeling of loss in In Absentia, reminding the reader of what once was, but now is absent, whether loved ones, passions, ideas, or hope.  However, he refuses to leave readers empty-handed, reminding them of the power of story and images, ending his collection with a woman who sends “her message to change all lives,/in a language common through ages and worlds.”  Poussin’s poetry works the same way, reminding readers of the power of language to help them live despite and because of all they lack. 
~ Dr. Kevin Brown, author of: Exit Lines, Plain View Press, 2009;  A Lexicon of Lost Words, Snake Nation press, 2014; Liturgical Calendar, Resource Publications, 2014 

Fabrice Poussin Profile:

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, La Pensee Universelle, Paris, The Chimes, the Shorter University award winning poetry and arts publication, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications.  

Fabrice Poussin