Physis

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For over twenty-five years, NICOLAS PESQUÈS has been writing an homage to Juliau, the mountain he sees out his window. In PHYSIS, the fifth book of the series, he weaves philosophical reflection in and out of an encounter with the body of the mountain, the body of language, and the human body that bridges the two. Employing an exquisitely spare, precise phrasing, PHYSIS underscores the distance on which all landscape is based, searching out the ways in which humans work to make a home on earth.

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Published 03 February 2007
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For over twenty-îve years, Nicolas Pesquès has been writing an homage to Juliau, the mountain he sees out his window. In , the îfth book of the series, he weaves philosophical reection in and out of an encounter with the body of the mountain, the body of language, and the human body that bridges the two. Employing an exquisitely spare, precise phrasing, underscores the distance on which all landscape is based, searching out the ways in which humans work to make a home on earth.
Nicolas Pesquès was born in France in 1946, and has been publishing poetry since 1971. His most recent books include from Edition du Limon, 1995, and and and ), all published by André Dimanche Editeur in 1988, 1997, and 2000. , from which this text is taken, is due out later this year. Pesquès also writes liter ary and art criticism, and has published books on the work of visual artists Gilles Aillaud, Anne Deguelle, Jan Voss, and Aurélie Nemours, and on the poet Jacques Dupin. He divides his time between Paris and the Ardèche.
In addition to her award-winning work as a poet, Cole Swensen has trans lated numerous collections by French poets, including by Jean Frémon, for which she received the PEN Literary Award for Transla tion in 2004. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, she teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Free Verse Editions Edited by Jon Thompson
Parlor Press 816 Robinson Street West Lafayette, IN 47906 www.parlorpress.com S A N: 2 5 4 – 8 8 7 9 ISBN 978-1-932559-47-7
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nicolas pesqUès
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Physis
Nicolas PesqUès
TRanslateD anD IntRoDUceD by Cole Swensen
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Pesquès, Nicolas.  [Face nord de Juliau, cinq. Englis. Selections]  Pysis / Nicolas Pesquès ; translated and introduced by Cole Swensen.  p. cm. -- (Free verse editions)  ISBN 978-1-932559-47-7 (pbk. : alk. paper) -- ISBN 978-1-932559-48-4 (adobe ebook)  I. Swensen, Cole, 1955- II. Title.  PQ2676.E7829F3513 2007  841’.914--dc22  2007003543
Printed on acid-free paper. Cover potograp by Nicolas Pesquès. Book design by David Blakesley
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