Created after the lockdown last spring, the Éditions Ishtar publish contemporary poetry, organize poetic readings and performances.

During spring 2020, Nathalie Guiot creates a community of poets, an Ishtar publishing house and this first collection of poems that she will disperse in the wind.

The rooms of this house that the new poetess wishes to offer to the world could bear the titles of her poems: la chambre d’art,Verticale ; la chambre de littérature féminine, Rise and Shine ; la chambre poétique, Renaissance ; la chambre des voyages, Nos Pas ; la chambre de création, Précipice ; la chambre d’amour, Parfum ; la chambre de Barbe Bleue (aka the room of secrets), Piquer une tête. We will have to open the doors of each of them as we flip through the pages of a book.

Publishing a first collection of poems is a perilous undertaking. Nathalie Guiot is daring, continues to write and create. Nathalie’s words sing. Ishtar is listening. We read aloud, dreaming with her of a lifesaving happiness.

This First Day will call for many more Sparks.

Barbara Polla, May 2020

An art collector, patron, author and curator, Nathalie Guiot is the founder of the Fondation Thalie in Brussels. With the help of writer Barbara Polla and visual artist Pascale Barret, she produced Equinox(es), a platform for poetic readings aloud. The First Day of the Spark is his first collection of poems.

Nathalie GuiotLe Premier Jour de l’étincelle

Completed printing on the first day of summer 2020
Graphics design: Simon Dara

This collection of poems was printed in 200 copies
50 works, numbered and signed by the author, constitute the leading edition
Isbn: 978-2-931104-00-2


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In spring 2020, twenty women artists bear witness with humor and poetry to their lockdown and to the way in which this suspended time has influenced their artistic practice. A collection of texts composed by Nathalie Guiot and read as a tremendous source of inspiration and teaching.

With Lucile Adam, Nour Awada, Nathalie Azoulai, Janet Biggs, Léa Bismuth, Andrea Blum, Marie Bovo, Véronique Caye, Ninar Esber, Simone Fattal, Aurélie Gravas, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Eva Jospin, Elena Mazzi, Rachel Monosov, Simone Pheulpin, Barbara Polla, Prajakta Potnis, Joanna Preiss, Anila Rubiku, Célia Stroom, Agnès Thurnauer, Suzanne Wathelet.

TraverséeCollective work

Limited edition of 300 copies
Graphics: Simon Dara
Swiss binding on dust jacket, size: 170 × 240 mm, 144 pages
Isbn: 978-2-931104-01-9


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Set of original texts read aloud from the poetic platform “Equinoxes” online on the Fondation Thalie website, during the eleven weeks of lockdown.

With contributions from artists and authors: Pascale Barret, Mickaël Berdugo, Marie de Brugerolle, Haleh Chinikar, Lise Coirier, Jean-Philippe Convert, Circé Deslandes, Ninar Esber, Mathilde Fernandez, Hortense Gauthier, Aurélie Gravas, Christine Guinard , Nathalie Guiot, Audrey Guttman, Aline Hémagi Fernande, Mélanie Huchet, Nikias Imhoof, Mimi Kunz, Rachel Labastie, Barbara Polla, Joana Preiss, Frank Smith, Nathalie Vanderlinden, Stéphanie Verin, Anne Versailles, Chantal Vey, Sandra de Vivies, Suzanne Wathelet .


Limited edition of 300 copies
Graphics: Simon Dara
Otabind binding, size: 140 × 210 mm, 176 pages
Isbn: 978-2-931104-02-6

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