[...] a friendship to which many passages of Francis Ponge's letters bear witness without the slightest equivocation and which lasted until the last years of his life-how to express it?-above, or below, that is, more deeply than, our differences, which only exceptionally threatened it. I remain happy, proud, and grateful for the chance that brought us together, and perhaps still more decidedly now that these pages have at last taken on the form of a little book.—Philippe Jaccottet
Philippe Jaccottet is a Swiss born poet and translator. He has translated numerous authors and poets into French, including Goethe, Rilke, Holderlin, Mann, Homer and Ungaretti. He was awarded the German international Petrarcha-Press in 1988 for his poetry. In 2014 he became the fifteenth living author to be published in the Biblioteque de la Pleiade.
Author City: Grignan FRA
John Taylor was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1952. He has lived in France since 1977. Among his many translations of French, Italian and modern Greek literature are books by Philippe Jacottet, Jacques Dupin, Jose Flore Tappy, Pierre Voelin, Pierre Chappuis, Pierre-Albert Jourdan, Catherine Colomb, Lorenzo Calogero, Alfredo de Palchi, Elias Petropoulos and Elias Papadimitrakopoulos. For Black Square Editions he has translated Jacottet's PONGE, PASTURES PRAIRIES (2021). He is the author of several volume of short prose and poetry, most recently, THE DARK BRIGHTNESS (Xenos Books, 2017), Grassy Stairways (The Mad Hat Press, 2017), REMEMBRANCE OF WATER / TWENTY-FIVE TREES (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2018) and a double book co- authored with Swiss poet Pierre Chappuis, A Notebook of Clouds and A Notebook of Ridges (The Fortnightly Review Press, 2018). In 2020 Red Hen Press reprinted his first two books, The presence of Thing Past (Storyline Press, 1992), and Mysteries of the Body and the Mind (Storyline Press, 1998).
Author City: FRA