This video in French is called La poésie c’est ma petite amie.
From British daily The Morning Star:
(Tuesday 03 July 2007)
RADICAL FRENCH POETRY: When the Metro is free
ALAN DENT tells ANDY CROFT
In May 1968, one of the demands of the striking French students was that the Paris Metro should be free. “Be realistic,” ran another slogan, “demand the impossible.”
If such utopianism sounds touchingly innocent today, it is a measure of how far the imagination has surrendered to the impossible conditions of “the real.”
When the Metro is Free is a new anthology of counter-cultural poetry from contemporary France. It is a great introduction to modern, radical French poetry. People who want some relief from the inwardness of British writing should enjoy it.
These are sketches from the Left Bank of the contemporary imagination, postcards from France’s literary counter-culture, poems snatched from the maelstrom of the contemporary. They are urban, urgent and vital, engaging with daily life and with the struggle to humanise it, representing the work of a group of poets gathered around the radical poetry publisher Le Temps des Cerises.
This June Smokestack Books is publishing the first English translation (by Alan Dent) of Cause Commune, a verse epic by the distinguished French communist poet Francis Combes, with a new introduction by John Berger: here.