Jacques Roubaud has been a member of the Oulipo since 1966. Now retired, he has been a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Paris X Nanterre, and a Professor of Poetics at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. His books include: ∈ (signe d'appartenance) (1967), Quelque chose noir (1986), 'Le grand incendie de Londres' (1989), La Boucle (1993), Poésie, etcetera: ménage (1995), La forme d'une ville change plus vite, hélas, que le coeur des humains (1999), Churchill 40 (2004) and, with Florence Delay, Graal théatre (2005). Many of his works are available in English, including The Form of a City Changes, Alas, Faster than the Human Heart (Dalkey Archive, 2006; Translation Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop).
See also: A Defense of Poetry (2002):
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