Against the Forgetting: Selected Poems

Hans Faverey (Author) Francis R Jones (Translator)
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Against the Forgetting presents the work of an important twentieth-century Dutch poet, Hans Faverey. The first extensive selection of his poetry in English, this collection brings together poems from his eight published volumes of poetry spanning the years 1968 to 1990--the last volume, Default, he received only two days before his death. In addition, a selection of poems from a posthumous collection, Spring Foxes, first published in Holland in 2000, is also included. The translator Francis Jones writes, "Hans Faverey left behind a poetic structure of uniquely subtle richness and beauty, made from so little--a few words, surrounded by silence." Filled with a precision and arresting musicality comparable to the hermetic poems of Celan and Bronk, and as mysterious as the writings of Heraclitus and the German mystic Meister Eckhart, Faverey's poems, like Lichtenberg's lightning frozen in time, lash out, splintering systems and syntax--enlightening.

Product Details

New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
February 17, 2004
6.4 X 0.53 X 8.16 inches | 0.49 pounds
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About the Author

Hans Faverey (1933-1990) was born in Paramaribo, Surinam and moved to Amsterdam when he was a child. He worked as a clinical psychologist at the University of Leiden and received many literary awards, including the Constantijn Huygens Prize for his work as a whole.
Francis R. Jones lectures in English and applied linguistics at the University of Newcastle. Among his other translations are Ivan V. Lalic's The Works of Love, The Passionate Measure (for which he was awarded the 1991 European Poetry Translation Prize), and The Rusty Needle; Vyacheslav Kupriyanov's In Anyone's Tongue; and Vosko Popa's Complete Poems (with the late Anne Pennington).
Eliot Weinberger is an essayist, editor, and translator. He lives in New York City.


"Hans Faverey made his reputation only gradually.... He is a poet of losses and silences, of meditations on change and how change either undermines or strengthens our sense of reality."