Second Simplicity: New Poetry and Prose, 1991-2011

Second Simplicity: New Poetry and Prose, 1991-2011

by Yves Bonnefoy, Hoyt Rogers

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An eagerly awaited anthology of recent poetry and prose by the celebrated French poet Yves BonnefoySee more details below


An eagerly awaited anthology of recent poetry and prose by the celebrated French poet Yves Bonnefoy

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Jonathan Galassi
"The final exemplar of a poetic legacy that begins with Baudelaire and Mallarmé, Yves Bonnefoy is the last figure standing in a monumental tradition that has shaped modern European literature. This lovingly supple and authoritative presentation by Hoyt Rogers of the rich, endlessly rewarding later phase of the great poet’s work forms an invaluable contribution to our own poetry."—Jonathan Galassi
Marilyn Hacker
"Hoyt Rogers displays extraordinary skill as a translator of this oeuvre, given the precision and imaginative daring of his choices, his metrical ear, and his multilayered knowledge of Yves Bonnefoy’s work."—Marilyn Hacker                          

Richard Howard
"As the foreword to his lucid and responsible translations of Yves Bonnefoy's late work reveals, Hoyt Rogers has mastered the grand cumulus of ulterior translation, criticism, commentary, and biographical circumstance which so formidably confronts, and possibly daunts, the interpreter as well as the common reader, so that indeed Second Simplicity is for seasoned practitioners of this master not only a sort of precocious capstone of the still-rising edifice of the Great Work, but for newcomers to Bonnefoy an excellent, even an ideal, entrance to this writer’s vast creation."—Richard Howard
On the Seawall - Ron Slate

Second Simplicity . . . reveal[s] Bonnefoy’s remarkable inventiveness and desire to accommodate whatever form of address is called for, whether in verse or prose.”—Ron Slate, On the Seawall
Paul Auster

"Yves Bonnefoy is one of the rare poets in the history of literature to have sustained the highest level of artistic excellence throughout an entire lifetime—now more than half a century of work, and still counting. These recent poems, superbly translated by Hoyt Rogers, attest to his enduring greatness."—Paul Auster

Wall Street Journal - Micah Mattix

“Mr. Bonnefoy [is] often lauded, and rightly so, as France's greatest living poet.”—Micah Mattix, Wall Street Journal
Arts Fuse - Jim Kates

“[A] handsome edition of Bonnefoy’s recent work . . . a stunning presentation of a major poet.”—Jim Kates, Arts Fuse

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Yale University Press
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Margellos World Republic of Letters Series
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2.40(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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