Henry Michaux is hardly a painter, hardly even a writer, but a conscience – the most sensitive substance yet discovered for registering the fluctuating anguish of day-today, minute-to-minute living. —John Ashbery
Michaux is the poet laureate of our insomnia. —The New York Times Book Review Michaux excels in making us feel the strangeness of natural things and the naturalness of strange things. —Andre Gide
Michaux travels via his languages: lines, words, colors, silences, rhythms. And he does not hesitate to break the back of a word...In order to arrive: where? At that nowhere that is here, there, and everywhere. —Octavio Paz
About the Author
Belgian-born French poet, journalist, and painter, Henri Michaux's (1899-1984) body of work includes poetry, travelogues, and art criticism. Michaux was widely traveled; his journeys brought him to North and South America, Africa, India, and China. Michaux gained particular fame for his writing in the 1940s, when his work drew interest from Andre Gide, Lawrence Durrell, and Octavio Paz, among others. Richard Sieburth's translations include Friedrich Holderlin's Hymns and Fragments, Walter Benjamin's Moscow Diary, Gerard de Nerval's Selected Writings, and Henri Michaux's Emergences/Resurgences. His English edition of the Nerval won the 2000 PEN Book-of-the-Month-Club Translation Prize.