November 9, 2014

Henri Droguet


Henri Droguet [France]
1944 

 Henri Droguet was born in Cherbourg, France on October 29, 1944, the son of Norman father from La Vicomté-su-Rance. Droguet spent his youth in Cherbourg, and attended scholl in Caen, where he also received his certificate of Modern Letters in 1970.

     Since 1972 he las lived in Saint-Malo, where he taught literature until 2004, after which he moved to Breton. Droguet prefers to described himself with the American term, “a Celt-made man.”

     His first collection of poetry, Le Bonheur noir, was published by Mercure de France in 1972, and since then he has continued to publish numerous volumes, including Ventôses (1990), La Main au feu (2001), 48°39’N”01’W (et autres lieux (2003), Avis de passage (2005), Albert&Cie, histoire (2005), Presto con fuoco (2006), and Off  (2007). With artists he also produced several illustrated book. Among his journal contributions are Nouvelle Revue Française, Po and sie, L’animal, Rehauts, Europe, Hopala, Le Nouveau Recueil, and La Revue de Belles Lettres.

     In 2014 the American publisher Rain Taxi published Droguet’s 2010 book Boucans in a translation by Alexander Dickow titled Clatters.


BOOKS OF POETRY


Le Bonheur noir (Paris: Mercure de France, 1972); Chant rapace (Paris: Gallimard, 1980); Le Contre-dit (Paris: Gallimard, 1982); Ventôses (Seyssel, France: Champ Vallon, 1990); Le Passé décomposé (Paris: Gallimard, 1994); Noir sur blanc (Paris: Gallimard, 1998); La Main au feu (Paris: Gallimard, 2001); Pluies, vents, bords perdus (with lithographs by Eric Brault) (Ombre et lumière, 2003) ; Champ du signe (with art by Thierre Le Saëc) (Éditions de la Canopée, 2003) ; 48°39’N”01’W (et autres lieux) (Paris: Gallimard, 2003); Avis de passage (with prints by Dominique Penloup) (Éditions Apogée, 2005); Avis de passage (Paris: Gallimard, 2005); Presto con fuoco (Mona Kerloff, 2006); Off (Paris: Gallimard, 2007); Miroir obscure (with art by Deominique Penloup (Le galet bleu, 2009); {Paix chimëres anamorphoses (with art by Yves Picquet (Toulon: Éditions Double Cloche, 2009); Cantique de l’algue bleue (art by Eric Brault) (Ombre et Lumiëre, 2010); Boucans  (Rennes, France : Éditions Wigwam, 2010) ; « Avis de grand frais » (Éditions Contre-Allées, 2011) ; Ceci n’est pas une fable (with drawings by Thierre Le Saëc) (Éditions de la Canopée, 2011) ; & tout le tremblement (with art by Loïc Le Groumellec) (Éditions Fario, 2012); Maintenant ou jamais (Éditions Belin, 2013) ; Rondes de nuit (with art by Yves Picquet) (Toulon :Éditions Double Cloche, 2013)


ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS


Clatters (Minneapolis : Rain Taxi, 2014)


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