The Uninhabited: Selected Poems of Andre du Bouchet
André du Bouchet
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This is my scan. This is a flatbed scan, scanned in grayscale.
New York: Living Hand, 1976. First Edition. First Printing, one of 500 numbered copies. Octavo; pale gray wrappers with French flaps, with titles printed in crimson on spine and front panel; 75pp. Collection of poems by Du Bouchet, translated by Auster from the original French.
"This slim volume, printed as a limited edition pamphlet in 1976, is, as far as I am aware, the most sizeable collection of du Bouchet's work in English translation. And it's sort of a break through for me. It's myopic, but I feel like I've carried this book inside of me without ever having reading it. There is a buried sun, an image that pops up repeatedly throughout my work, yet I can't recall having ever encountered it before in someone else's work. Did I read a fragment, a snippet, a translated excerpt somewhere before? Who knows.
But the poems here, and Auster's cuttingly brief introduction, are really amazing. Powerful use of space, of silence. The sun haunts, like it does in reality. So many amazing words. I will be spending further time with this book, because it deserves it. "
-- M. Kitchell, Goodreads Review