Storms Under the Skin: Selected Poems, 1927-1954

Poet and artist Henri Michaux (1899-1984) was one of the most original and influential figures of twentieth century French poetry, hailed by Allen Ginsberg as ‘master’ and ‘genius’ and by Borges as ‘without equal in the literature of our time’. In his vividly strange narratives Michaux creates a dream-like, mercurial world of wry invention unlike any other, idiosyncratic, resistant and philosophical. Often dramatic and incantatory in his poetics, he was also an extremely private person, shunning publicity, writing as he put it for all those ‘suffering from their imaginations.’

In Storms under the Skin Jane Draycott translates poems and prose-poems from Michaux’s volumes 1927-54, including extracts from his best-loved creations Plume and the haunting realm of Les Emanglons, alongside poems written on the eve of war in Europe and during the Occupation.

About the Translator

Jane Draycott’s 2016 collection The Occupant is published by Carcanet Press. Previous collections include Prince Rupert’s Drop, The Night Tree and Over (T S Eliot Prize shortlist 2009). A ‘Next Generation’ poet 2004 and nominated three times for the Forward Prizes for Poetry, other collections include Christina the Astonishing (with Lesley Saunders and images by Peter Hay), and Tideway (images by Peter Hay), both from Two Rivers Press. Her translation of the medieval dream-elegy Pearl (2011) was a Times Stephen Spender Prize-winner and in 2014 she was winner of the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. In 2013 Jane was a Writer in Residence in Amsterdam hosted by the Dutch Foundation for Literature, researching the great 20th-century Dutch poem Awater by Martinus Nijhoff. She teaches at Oxford University and the University of Lancaster.

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