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Preludes and Fugues
Emmanuel Moses; Marilyn Hacker, trans.



FIELD Translation Series

Oberlin
2016 • 86 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - French

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-93-8



“One of the most singular lyric voices to emerge in France in the last quarter century, Emmanuel Moses is well served by veteran American poet... [continued in Reviews below]”—Gabriel Levin,

Stunning new work by this inimitable French master

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“One of the most singular lyric voices to emerge in France in the last quarter century, Emmanuel Moses is well served by veteran American poet-translator Marilyn Hacker, whose translations from the poet’s three latest collections have a way of casting their own spell. Moses can be elegiac, disarmingly personal, celebratory, and, notably in his remarkable cycles of preludes and fugues, mysterious and elliptical—evoking a tremulous, lost kingdom in beautifully cadenced, organ-toned free verse lines. In Preludes and Fugues we witness the poet amidst the roses, and the ashes, of the ‘impassable threshold.’”—Gabriel Levin

From the Book:

God of drizzle and resonant earth / Give us the strength to get through bad days / God of exotic birds and astounding flowers / Give us the joy of the sun streaming through a tangle of branches / God of sap and fog / Give us the sensual sweetness, the melancholy sweetness / Of the seasons passing



EMMANUEL MOSES, who lives in Paris, is the author of twelve books of poems and several novels. MARILYN HACKER, who published an earlier collection of Moses’ work, He and I (Oberlin, 2009), received the 2009 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation and the 2010 PEN/Voelcker Award for her own poems.



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