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Nicolas Pesquès
Translated and Introduced by Cole Swensen

Free Verse Editions
Edited by Jon Thompson

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For over twenty-five years, Nicolas Pesquès has been writing an homage to Juliau, the mountain he sees out his window. In Physis, the fifth book of the series, he weaves philosophical reflection in and out of an encounter with the body of the mountain, the body of language, and the human body that bridges the two. Employing an exquisitely spare, precise phrasing, Physis underscores the distance on which all landscape is based, searching out the ways in which humans work to make a home on earth.

About the Author

Nicolas Pesquès was born in France in 1946, and has been publishing poetry since 1971. His most recent books include Trois poèmes (Three Poems) from Edition du Limon, 1995, and La face nord de Juliau un, deux, trois, and quatre (The North Face of Juliau One, Two, Three, and Four), all published by André Dimanche Editeur in 1988, 1997, and 2000. La face nord de Juliau cinq, from which this text is taken, is due out later this year. Pesquès also writes literary and art criticism, and has published books on the work of visual artists Gilles Aillaud, Anne Deguelle, Jan Voss, and Aurélie Nemours, and on the poet Jacques Dupin. He divides his time between Paris and the Ardèche.

About the Translator

In addition to her award-winning work as a poet, Cole Swensen has translated numerous collections by French poets, including Island of the Dead by Jean Frémon, for which she received the PEN Literary Award for Translation in 2004. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, she teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Free Verse Editions
Edited by Jon Thompson

Free Verse Editions is a joint venture between Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics and Parlor Press. The series will publishes three to five books of poetry per year, collections that use language to dramatize a singular vision of experience, a mastery of craft, a deep knowledge of poetic tradition, and a willingness to take risks. Please review the series description for more information.

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