Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Beginning and End of the Snow
by Yves Bonnefoy

(tr. Alan Baker)

A joint publication by Bamboo Books, Culver City, CA
and Leafe Press.

Designed by Bob Rissman (Bamboo Books).

7 comments:

Matthew Del Nevo said...

I've got google alerts set for Yves Bonnefoy. I can't wait to read this.

Litterbug said...

I'll pop one in the post to you Matthew. A.

Matthew Del Nevo said...

Did you pop one in the post Alan? It hasn't arrived. Matthew

Litterbug said...

Hi Matthew

I posted it today (12th February). Let me know when you get it.

Alan

Matthew Del Nevo said...

Thanks mate, will do.

Matthew Del Nevo said...

Dear Alan, The Beginning and the End of the Snow arrived. It is a beautiful volume. The poems are exemplary writings of Bonnefoy. The snowflake is real, but ethereal, there, then dissolved, perfect and effanescent, a white world and dark shadow, it lends itself to Bonnefoy's poetry. I am a sympathetic reader when it comes to his evocations of snow because i was born in a snow storm to a white world, but now I live in Sydney, where it never snows and my daughter has never seen snow, so I miss it. But reading your volume at least it could snow in the imagination of my heart.

Litterbug said...

Dear Matthew

Snow is pretty rare in the England these days - it's a big part of my childhood memories, but my children also, barely know what it is (although this morning we have ice and fog in Nottingham). I'm very glad that little pamphlet has found an appreciative reader. The original poems charmed me - they were written in response to Bonnefoy's experience of winter in New England - and Bonnefoy also manages to combine his observations of nature with an intellectual questioning of perception and language which is very much in keeping with much 20C French poetry. Your eloquent description of his use of the snowflake as symbol gets it exactly right. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

best wishes
Alan