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Like Bits of Wind: Selected Poetry and Poetic Prose, 1974-2014
by Pierre Chappuis
translated by John Taylor
Seagull Books, 2016
eISBN: 978-0-85742-357-3 | Cloth: 978-0-85742-338-2
Library of Congress Classification PQ2663.H332A2 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 841.914

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

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