Daybreak - New and Selected Poems

Author(s): Claire Malroux; Marilyn Hacker (Introduction by, Translator)

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For over four decades Claire Malroux has forged a unique path in contemporary French poetry, informed by the French tradition, poets such as Yves Bonnefoy and Mallarme, and more unusually, by the Anglophone tradition, especially Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, and Derek Walcott. A preeminent translator of English poetry into French, Malroux claims as a signal event in her literary life her discovery in 1983 of Dickinson's poetry, which she describes as "an encounter with the uncanny" and the awakening of a "personal affinity." Malroux is one of those rare poets whose work is informed by day-to-day intimacy with a second language in its greatest variations and subtleties. Her poems move between an intense but philosophical and abstract interiority and an acute engagement with the material world. In almost every poem there is a characteristic and unsettling amalgam of past and present that collapses distance and incarnates through metaphor. This bilingual selection by the award-winning poet and translator Marilyn Hacker presents Malroux's oeuvre from her early lyric poems, to an excerpt from A Long-Gone Sun--a poem-memoir of life in southern France before and during World War II--to new and uncollected poems from two sequences of elegies written after the death of her life partner, the writer Pierre Sylvain.

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General Fields

  • : 9781681375021
  • : New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
  • : New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
  • : November 2020
  • : February 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Claire Malroux; Marilyn Hacker (Introduction by, Translator)
  • : Paperback
  • : 304