Black Iris

Jean Joubert, Denise Levertov, trans.

In Levertov’s hands, Joubert’s poems take on an English language musicality which corresponds to that of the original French. Black Iris is a bilingual edition.

ISBN: 9781556590153

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Jean Joubert was born in 1928 in Châlette-sur-Loing (Loiret), France. He lived in Languedoc for a quarter-century and taught American literature at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier. He published novels and children’s stories as well as poetry. His collection Poems: 1955-1975 (Grasset, 1975) was awarded the prize of the Académie Mallarmé in 1978.

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About the Translator

Denise Levertov (1923–1997) was a British-born American poet. She served as a nurse in London during WWII, and eventually moved to the United States after marrying her American husband. There, influenced greatly by Transcendental and Modernist writers, her career took off and she published regularly and to much acclaim for the rest of her life.

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