About the Book
Merz is keenly attentive to daily life as a revelator of essential
truths, and thus uses poetry as a way of returning closer to it; and
“to unbecome what was.” Merz' “nearing” and “distancing” processes
take place inside us, through language. By summing up so gently and
exactly (but also sometimes drolly or pointedly) the movement of
duality, Merz enables us to sense more fully, time and again, what it
means to be alive: that “strange exhilaration within,” as he puts it
in another of these splendid poems so vividly and resourcefully
translated by Marc Vincenz.
About the Book
Born in Hong Kong, Marc Vincenz is British-Swiss and is the author of ten books of poetry; his latest are Becoming the Sound of Bees (Ampersand Books, 2015), Sibylline (Ampersand Books, 2016) and The Syndicate of Water & Light (Station Hill, 2018). His novella, Three Taos of T'ao, or How to Catch a White Elephant is to be released by Spuyten Duyvil in 2017. He is the translator of many German- French- and Romanian-language poets. His translation work has received fellowships and grants from the Swiss Arts Council and the Literary Colloquium Berlin. His own recent publications, include The Nation, Ploughshares, The Common, Solstice, Raritan, Notre Dame Review and World Literature Today. He is International Editor of Plume, publisher of MadHat Press and Plume Editions, and lives and writes in Western Massachusetts.