Selected Poems of René Char

Selected Poems of René Char

Mary Ann Caws


“This is a great, bilingual version of the works of 1 of the good French Surrealists. . . . The translations, by way of numerous fingers, serve Char well―full of insinuating rhythms and strange verbal couplings, they arrive on the subject of the piercing great thing about the originals.” ―Pat Monaghan, Booklist

The Selected Poems of René Char is a accomplished, bilingual assessment reflecting the poet’s extensive stylistic and philosophical diversity, from aphorism to dramatic lyricism. In making their choices, the editors have selected the voices of seventeen poets and translators (Paul Auster, Samuel Beckett, Cid Corman, Eugene Jolas, W.S. Merwin, William Carlos Williams, and James Wright, to call a few), in homage to a author lengthy held in maximum esteem through the literary avant-garde.

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