Poetry. Oulipo writings by Herve LeTellier, originally published as Encyclopedia inutilis in 2002, delightfully translated into English by Cole Swensen.
Herve LeTellier is a French writer and member of the international literary group Oulipo (Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle, which translates roughly as "workshop of potential literature").Author City: PARIS FRA
Cole Swensen is the author of over a dozen collections of poetry, including Art in Time (Nightboat Books, 2021), On Walking On (Nightboat, 2017), Landscapes on a Train (Nightboat, 2015), Gravesend (University of California Press, 2012), STELE (Post-Apollo Press, 2012), and Greensward (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). She has also translated over a dozen books of poetry into English from French, by poets such as Suzanne Doppelt, Pierre Alferi, Nicolas Pesquès, Olivier Cadiot, Pascalle Monnier, and Emmanuel Hocquard. Her translation of LAZY SUZIE by Suzanne Doppelt (Litmus Press, 2015) was nominated for the Best Translated Book Award and her translation of Island of the Dead by Jean Frémon (Green Integer, 2002) won the PEN USA Award for Literary Translation. In 2009, Swensen coedited American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry. A book of her essays on poetry, Noise That Stays Noise, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2011. She is currently a professor in the literary arts program at Brown University and founder and editor of La Presse, a small press dedicated to the translation and publication in English of contemporary French poetry.