Black Square Editions
August 01, 2016
6.0 X 0.4 X 9.0 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author
Pierre Reverdy (13 September 1889 - 17 June 1960) was a French poet associated with surrealism and cubism. Pierre Reverdy was born in Narbonne and grew up near the Montagne Noire in his father's house. Reverdy came from a family of sculptors. His father taught him to read and write. He studied at Toulouse and Narbonne. Reverdy arrived in Paris in October 1910. It was there, at the famous Bateau-Lavoir in Montmartre that he met Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Louis Aragon, Andr Breton, Philippe Soupault and Tristan Tzara. For sixteen years, Reverdy lived for his writing. Reclusive by nature, Reverdy began to distance himself from these circles, and in 1926, at the age of 37, he left Paris, converted to Catholicism and went to live in Solesmes, home of the great St. Peter's Abbey. He stayed there until his death in 1960.
Dan Bellm lives in Berkeley, California. DEEP WELL (Lavender Ink, 2017) is his fourth full-length collection of poems. His previous book, PRACTICE (Sixteen Rivers Press, San Francisco), won the 2009 California Book Award. Dan's first book of poems, ONE HAND ON THE WHEEL (1999), launched the California Poetry Series from Roundhouse Press; his second, BURIED TREASURE (1999), won the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize. Recent books of poetry in translation include SPEAKING IN SONG, by Mexican poet Pura López Colomé (Shearsman Books, 2017), THE SONG OF THE DEAD, by French poet Pierre Reverdy (Black Square Editions, 2016), and DESCRIPTION OF A FLASH OF COBALT BLUE, by Mexican poet Jorge Esquinca (Unicorn Press, 2015). He teaches literary translation and poetry in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.