Sunday, April 2

Pierre Reverdy - NYRB Poets

"... This is a well organized book of translations of French cubist poet, Pierre Reverdy. Just out from the NYRB Poets series, this collection has some of the usual suspects of Reverdy translation such as Kenneth Rexroth (now back in print here mind you) and Ron Padgett, but also some exciting translations by John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara, which is worth the price alone. Reverdy’s poems are stripped down, with lines often simply containing objects of a still-life with touches of far-reaching magical energy. […] The great Pierre Reverdy, comrade to Picasso and Braque, peer and contemporary of Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams, is among the most mysteriously satisfying of twentieth-century poets, his poems an uncanny mixture of the simple and the sublime. ..."
Poetry Foundation: Super-fantastique! City Lights Recommends Pierre Reverdy Edited by Mary Ann Caws
Poetry Society: Mary Ann Caws on Pierre Reverdy

2008 January: Pierre Reverdy 1889-1960, 2010 May: Eight Poems by Pierre Reverdy, 2014 October: Pierre Reverdy, 2016 November: Haunted House by Pierre Reverdy, Translated by John Ashbery (2007)