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"Early Surrealist, resistance fighter, anti-nuclear activist, and exquisite poet, Rene Char is at the heart of 20th century French poetry. In this insightful selection from across his long career, Carlson gives English-language readers a real sense of Char s depth and breadth. And her masterful translations catch the barely contained drama that gives Char's work such tension and presence, while her excellent ear picks up not only the sound relationships that weave through the originals, but also their delicate, seductive rhythms. A beautiful accomplishment." --Cole Swensen, poet, translator, and founding editor of La Presse

"Rene Char is the conscience of modern French poetry and also its calm of mind. Nancy Naomi Carlson, in these splendid translations, casts new light upon the sublime consequence of Char's poetic character, and in Stone Lyre the case for sublimity is purely made." --Donald Revell, poet and translator of Rimbaud and Apollinaire

"Rene Char, intrepid explorer of the marvelous, witness to the catastrophe of history, plowman of the metered field, stands revealed in Nancy Naomi Carlson's splendid translations as a guiding spirit of our time, the one who found in the earth its secret blood, its calamitous stone. And the names that he gave to his discoveries sing out in Stone Lyre, a book of encounters for the ages." --Christopher Merrill, poet, journalist, and director of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program

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Rene Char is the conscience of modern French poetry and also its calm of mind. Nancy Naomi Carlson, in these splendid translations, casts new light upon the sublime consequence of Char s poetic character, and in Stone Lyre the case for sublimity is purely made. --Donald Revell, poet and translator of Rimbaud and Apollinaire

Rene Char, intrepid explorer of the marvelous, witness to the catastrophe of history, plowman of the metered field, stands revealed in Nancy Naomi Carlson s splendid translations as a guiding spirit of our time, the one who found in the earth its secret blood, its calamitous stone. And the names that he gave to his discoveries sing out in Stone Lyre, a book of encounters for the ages. --Christopher Merrill, poet, journalist, and director of the University of Iowa s International Writing Program

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Rene Char (1907-1988) is among the most crucial of twentieth-century writers. An early Surrealist and close friend of the visual artists Braque, Giacometti, and Picasso, during World War Two he was a leader in the underground French Resistance and later an ardent opponent of nuclear technology. His poetry confronts the moral, political, and artistic challenges of modernity with a prophetic eloquence comparable to the poet-philosophers of ancient Greece. Nancy Naomi Carlson earned a B.A. from Queens College and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Her Char translations have appeared in many excellent journals; her poetry chapbook Complications of the Heart won the 2002 Robert Phillips Prize from Texas Review Press, and her book of poems Kings Highway won the 1997 Writer s Publishing House competition. She teaches at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Tupelo Press; 1st edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English, French
  • ISBN-10: 1932195785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932195781
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ted R. Miller on October 28, 2011
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Char is considered the greatest French poet of the 20th Century. His poems are mysterious, full of images and ideas. The selection and sequencing of poems in this book is very appealing. I prefer it to other translated selections of Char's work because it preserves much more of the slant rhyme and alliteration of the original French. These poems sound terrific, as the originals did. No one else has acheived that. At the same time, the translator preserves the meaning of the originals adeptly. I particularly enjoyed the prose poems and the poems with nature images.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Bella Bestia on May 2, 2012
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This translation of some of Char's overlooked prose poems is rich, attentive to detail, and diligent to the originals. Nancy Naomi Carlson is an extraordinarily gifted translator and poet.
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By Bean on May 14, 2015
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Masterful. I keep it on my bookshelf of favorites.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Schley on January 14, 2010
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I worked as the editor of this book, which has earned the cascade of praises. Nancy Naomi Carlson's new selection of translations draws from fifty years' work by French maestro René Char. Until now, American readers have mostly known Char by his imposing reputation, not by direct experience. Fascinating in his life story -- Char was an underground leader in the anti-Nazi resistance and subsequently a fierce opponent of nuclear proliferation -- on the page this poet is pastoral and cosmopolitan, radical and deeply traditional, severe and incomparably delicate.

Remarkable in the accolades for Carlson's success is the high opinion expressed by other poet-translators, including Donald Revell, who has said, "René Char is the conscience of modern French poetry and also its calm of mind. Carlson, in these splendid translations, casts new light upon the sublime consequence of Char's poetic character. . . ."

Poet-translator Cole Swenson observes, "Carlson gives English-language readers a real sense of Char's depth and breadth. And her masterful translations catch the barely contained drama that gives Char's work such tension and presence, while her excellent ear picks up not only the sound relationships that weave through the originals, but also their delicate, seductive rhythms." Christopher Merrill, director of Iowa's International Writing Program, has said, "René Char, intrepid explorer of the marvelous, witness to the catastrophe of history, plowman of `the metered field,' stands revealed in Nancy Naomi Carlson's splendid translations as a guiding spirit of our time, the one who found in the earth `its secret blood, its calamitous stone.' And the names that he gave to his discoveries sing out in Stone Lyre, a book of encounters for the ages."
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