Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. Translated by Brian Kim Stefans. Poet of "logical revolts," of sexual freedom, inveterate modernist, Symbolist, and inspiration to beatniks, conceptual artists and punks, Arthur Rimbaud wrote some of the most enduring poems of world literature. Here is a collection of all of his poems in verse, in a new English translation by American poet Brian Kim Stefans. With Rimbaud's sense of song craft in mind, Stefans has retained the French meters in his English versions. He is the first to have done this. The book opens with a Latin poem that Rimbaud wrote more than a year before his first known French poem, and it ends with a short poem he wrote a few years after leaving Paris, one which became a touchstone for Surrealist Andre Breton.
"Brian Kim Stefans sets us ablaze with his astonishing new Rimbaud, proving it takes a worldly, genius poet to translate another. This book is a masterpiece!"— CA Conrad
Poet of "logical revolts," of sexual freedom, inveterate modernist, Symbolist, and inspiration to beatniks, conceptual artists and punks, Arthur Rimbaud wrote some of the most enduring poems of world literature. His career lasted all of five years, between 1870-1875, toward the end of which he wrote his most famous poems in prose, "Une Saison en enfer" (A SEASON IN HELL, Green Landtern Press, 2010) and "Illuminations." He is the author of FESTIVALS OF PATIENCE: THE VERSE POEMS OF ARTHUR RIMBAUD (Kenning Editions, 2021).
Author City: Charleville FRA
Brian Kim Stefans is a poet, digital artist and theorist who teaches in the English Department at UCLA. Recent poetry publications include the chapbook A Theatrical Oasis in the Spine of the Moon (2020), "VIVA MISCEGENATION" (Make Now Press, 2013), KLUGE: MEDITATION, AND OTHER WORKS (Roof Books, 2007), What Is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers (2006), FASHIONABLE NOISE: ON DIGITAL POETICS (Atelos, 2003), and FREE SPACE COMIX (Roof Books, 1998). A volume of speculative literary criticism, Word Toys: Poetry and Technics, was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2017. He translated FESTIVALS OF PATIENCE: THE VERSE POEMS OF ARTHUR RIMBAUD (Green Lantern Press, 2021).
Author City: USA