La phrase urbaine

The book La phrase urbaine (2013), written by the French poet, Jean-Christophe Bailly, is a collection of texts – in a mix between theoretical, literary and critical writings – that aims to reflect on urban space and those who practice and inhabit it.

Bailly’s urban discourse can be defined as the relationship between the act of walking and one’s use of words, a dynamic union between foot and tongue. According to Bailly, the reason why it is so difficult to recognise the city and to distinguish its shape in and among the contemporary urban sprawl that surrounds it has to due with the fact that urban spaces are becoming increasingly inhospitable for those who seek to roam across them.


A book review is available here.




Jean-Christophe Bailly