who repaired to an isolated cabin in Norway to write
and reflect, Hocquard takes up his own test of solitude on a farm
not far from
Bordeaux. What he writes there are unconventional sonnets that arrive
stipulated line-count by an ingenious variety of means. They record
simplicity daily accounts and experiences. At the same time, an inquiry
conducted, a test of solitude that is also a test of poetry."
--Steve Evans, Notes to Poetry
Emmanuel Hocquard was born in 1940. Several of his volumes have
into English, most recently Theory of Tables (trans. Michael
Palmer, o-blek editions),
This Story is Mine (trans. Norma Cole, Instress), and his prize-winning
novel Aerea in
the Forests of Manhattan (trans. Lydia Davis, Marlboro). He has
American poets in his presses "Orange Export," "Un
bureau sur l'Atlantique," and the
anthologies 21+1 Poètes américains d'aujourd hui
(Delta, 1986), and 49+1 (Royaumont, 1991).
Rosmarie Waldrop's recent books of poems are Reluctant Gravities
Split Infinites (Singing Horse Press), and Another Language:
Selected Poems (Talisman House).