René Tavernier published his first poems before the Second World War in the New French Review, immediately noticed by Jean Wahl, which brought him recognition by Emmanuel Levinas and Jean- Paul Sartre.
A friend of a friend of Vladimir Jankélévitch, the French philosopher and poet fled to the United States after having escaped from the Drancy camp where he was interned .
Joining writers and journalists during the war led him to Lyon in the neighborhood where he directed Montchat Confluences - A journal on " Literature and Arts " - founded by Jacques Aubenque between July 1941 and 1943. It is in this review , which included as the " original purpose " to " bring together writers and ideas from diverse backgrounds in the service of humanism" that he published the poems of Pierre Emmanuel , Max Jacob , Henri Michaux, Paul Eluard and Louis Aragon, one of whose poems is also the cause of the suspension of the magazine for a few months . Firmly committed to the Resistance, René Tavernier organized clandestine meetings at his home until the end of 1943 with Elsa Triolet and Louis Aragon.