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Like Bits of Wind

Selected Poetry and Poetic Prose, 1974-2014

Distributed for Seagull Books

Like Bits of Wind

Selected Poetry and Poetic Prose, 1974-2014

One of the central figures from a remarkable generation of French-language poets, Pierre Chappuis has thus far only been represented in English translation in fragments: a few poems here and there in magazines, online reviews, and anthologies. Like Bits of Wind rights that wrong, offering a generous selection of Chappuis’s poetry and prose from the past forty years, drawn from several of his books. In these pages, Chappuis delves into long-standing questions of the essence of life, our relationship to landscape, the role of the perceiving self, and much more. His skeletal, haiku-like verse starkly contrasts with his more overtly poetic prose, which revels in sinuous lines and interpolated parentheticals. Together, the different forms are invigorating and exciting, the perfect introduction for English-language readers.

336 pages | 5 x 8 1/2 | © 2016

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Like Bits of Wind utilizes prose for the poetic, verse to speak of the invisible, and the motions of nature to suggest metaphysical truths. Though often mysterious, the brevity of the poems opens them up to repeated scrutiny and unifies the reader with the poet’s process of searching for truth.”

World Literature Today

Table of Contents

Introduction: Translating Pierre Chappuis
Full Margins
Blind Distance
Abstracted from Time
The Black of Summer
Within the Voice’s Reach
from The Proof is in the Void

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