Henri Michaux

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The first English translation by Richard Sieburth of Henri Michaux's poem Emergences/Resurgences. Introduction by Catherine de Zegher.

"In recent years, Michaux has devoted most of his talents to painting. That, for him, is another form of exorcism. He has said that he can better express himself through this medium. Many of his books include original drawings and paintings.

Michaux is a poet of unique style, one that is particularly difficult to pinpoint. He most closely resembles the surrealists, but cannot even accurately be grouped with them. Frederic Sepher pointed out that much of his poetry reads like short stories, although most of it does rhyme. He stated that while Michaux is probably the "least lyric of all contemporary French poets," and employs few metaphors, "he is brilliantly imaginative, inventive and rythmic. He even verges on the musical in his haunting, desperate litanies with their repetitions and developments."

Untitled Passages by Henri Michaux

"Henri Michaux (24 May 1899 - 18 October 1984) was a highly idiosyncratic Belgian-born poet, writer, and painter who wrote in the French language. He later took French citizenship. Michaux is best known for his esoteric books written in a highly accessible style, and his body of work includes poetry, travelogues, and art criticism. Michaux travelled widely, tried his hand at several careers, and experimented with drugs, the latter resulting in two of his most intriguing works, Miserable Miracle and The Major Ordeals of the Mind and the Countless Minor Ones."


Writings by Henri Michaux, essays by John Ashbury, Raymond Bellour,
Laurent Jenny, Florian Rodari and Richard Sieburth.
Edited by Catherine de Zegher.

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