The eminent poet and critic, Michael Heller writes, “Gavronsky is a poet of receptivity, of impingements and of on-the-spot awareness. Our engarbled languages seem to fall into his pages like sub-atomic particles arriving from the cosmos of daily speech, from our data-driven and pre-encoded worlds. Linked or unlinked —and often one can’t tell— the lines lead away from the romancings and pleasing pastorals that make up our typical poetic fictions. His language is often gnomic, ‘. . . with the self bombarded by all sorts of incommensurables and contradictions that Gavronsky yokes together into a strange coherence aided and abetted by the human desire to make wholes out of fragments.’”
SERGE GAVRONSKY, born in Paris, now lives in New York. He was educated at Columbia University, from where he received his PhD in European History. He subsequently held the position of Professor of French Literature and Poetics, at Barnard College, Columbia University. He has published eleven books of poetry in French and in English, in addition to over twenty artist's books in France. In English, he has published poetry, fiction and literary criticism, as well as five books of translation of contemporary French poets: Poems And Texts, The Power Of Language, Toward A New Poetics, Six Contemporary French Women Poets, The Writing Of Appollinaire. His main focus was the poetry /poetics of Francis Ponge. His last major publication in French, in 2020, was Louis Zukofsky's "A", co-translated with Francois Dominique. He is presently writing a new work of poetic fiction. His more recent publications include: Silence Of Memory, Truth Truth Truth, Murderous Fantasies, WHAT'S THE TITLE? TITLE, ONCE WRITTEN (Dos Madres Press, 2018), ANDORTHE (Chax Press, 2022), Words In Memory (Spuyten Duyvil).