Poetry. Translated from the French by Andrew Zawacki. In eight sections of eight poems each, Sébastien Smirou's SEE ABOUT constructs an eccentric menagerie—from grand lion to glow worm—that intertwines animal and human subjectivity. Poised between natural history exhibit and exhibitionism, inventory and invention, SEE ABOUT is a book for featherless bipeds enthralled by rhyme, nonsense, run-on sentences, and the sing-along.
Sébastien Smirou was born in 1972 in Niort. After earning a degree in journalism, he studied at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, where he enrolled in Roubaud's course in formal poetics. He founded the press éditions rup & rud, coedits the magazine Ligne 13, and has translated a number of American poets into French. Smirou is the author of SEE ABOUT (Fence Books/La Presse, 2017), Un temps pour s'étreindre (2011), Beau voir (2008), and Mon Laurent (2003). Smirou is a psychoanalyst, with a specialization in working with troubled children. He has also translated numerous works from Italian. He lives in Montrouge, on the outskirts of Paris.Author City: Montrouge FRA