Lengthy crimson hair, spherical glasses, a solar pendant on his chest, Chris Ames has an informal model. The 62-year-old is a poet and backpacker. He was born in Salt Lake Metropolis within the US state of Utah and has lived primarily in France since 1993. In the beginning of 2020, when he came around his son finding out in Rennes, he left his backpack below the Laënnec bridge, Saint- Hélier district.
“The imprisonment pressured me to remain there,” explains the person, who has been with out an house for fourteen years. The creator of bilingual French/English books of poetry, the previous English trainer took benefit of being confined to a restricted geographical area to write down from a extra concentrated journey than ordinary, from the every day lifetime of a shut-in homeless man on the banks of the Vilaine.
His new poems can now be present in Sous le pont Laënnec, printed by Goater, Rennes. On the spot, we uncover coexistence with dwelling beings: geese, nutria, folks from the road, police, neighbors, cormorants, rats, and many others. “It’s a story of a set level, a path on which individuals and animals come and depart the body,” says the author philosophically SDF.
The commentary is exclusive and the reflections deep. The poems transfer from humor to ache. Images taken by Chris Ames additionally present his dwelling place, his association constituted of supplies obtained from the road and the cave work and different glass mosaic decorations he created there.
I ought to open an enormous bookstore right here with a neon signal that claims “Books, Books…”
Invited to Wonderful Vacationers
In June, the author had the honour of presenting his guide on the Wonderful Vacationers pageant in Saint-Malo. Since his go to to the present – and the media protection that has include it – Chris Ames has been acknowledged on the road. “There are folks on the town who say: A poet lives below the bridge. It’s okay as a result of it’s nonetheless a small city, it’s not Los Angeles,” laughs and tames the traveler. “Individuals come right here for autographs. I ought to open an enormous bookstore with a neon signal that claims ‘Books, books…’,” he says, amused by the state of affairs.
In the beginning of this success is a sequence of encounters. First, sooner or later whereas he was studying a guide in line for meals assist from Cœur Résistant, Myriam, a Palestinian Rasta, supplied him to hitch a theater group she had joined. The staff working at TNB consists of twelve folks generally known as “on the sting”, who will change into actors and actresses at some point of the undertaking, accompanied by the director Massimo Dean and the Brittany poet Yvon Le Males.
Chris Ames accepts and right here he embarks on the journey of Les Épiphaniques. He’ll carry out one in every of his poems there throughout a number of performances at TNB in March and April. It was by this work that Chris Ames obtained in contact with Goater to publish his works, accompanied by a lovely foreword by Yvon Le Males, who fell in love together with his profession.
Greater than 100 international locations
Chris Ames has traveled to greater than 100 international locations and at present speaks eight languages. He began touring early. The younger American joined France on the age of twenty-two to be taught the language and start a tour of Europe. In 1986, he met a Japanese lady, with whom he obtained to China and Japan through the Soviet Union, the place he lived for 3 years. That is when he returned to the USA to earn a grasp’s diploma in poetry on the College of Utah.
Two years later, he left the nation once more, uninterested in the spirit of competitors, lack of friendship and solidarity that prevailed there. He returned to Asia and China once more, however the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 introduced him again to Europe. On the best way, he used the chance to go to Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Finland or Hungary.
It was in Egypt on Mount Sinai that he met the longer term mom of his two kids Julia and Gabriel, with whom he would stay in Paris. After their separation, 17 years later, he returned to life as a backpacker and homeless. First in a park within the Paris space, then around the globe. Earlier than returning to Europe and France then to Rennes.
Imprisonment pressured me to remain there
One other purpose: to publish a novel
Chris Ames attracts on his personal tales to write down. “In most of my books, I am on the highway. I combine my reminiscences with creativeness,” testifies the creator. He likes to speak about his position as a father and his relationship together with his kids. His first guide dealt together with his divorce, the second his separation, the third his exile in Russia, and the fourth is a set of poems he wrote to his kids on every of their birthdays.
His books are his every day sustenance. He sells them primarily within the Paris metro. However he seen that studying was now not a great enterprise. “Once I go on the subway to speak about poetry, 90% of individuals are carrying headphones, taking a look at their little smartphones… And I see one or two women my age with spherical glasses, listening to me and shopping for my books,” notes the creator, bitter and saddened by withdrawing our society into itself.
Though he received recognition for his poetry in Rennes, Chris Ames wish to be printed for his novels. His want: to be learn and to have the ability to get out of precariousness because of his work. “I hope to change into one thing like Harlen Coben or JK Rowling who earn hundreds of thousands of euros to stay higher than that (by displaying the place they stay). However I’m wondering if being a author was a nasty profession alternative for me! ” he continues with irony. Chris Ames is making ready his subsequent novel, which will probably be known as Worlds of Darkness and Mild. On good phrases.
The poetry guide Sous le pont Laënnec (The Goat Version) is on the market at Le Failler bookstore and by order in all bookstores.