Figured Image

By Anne-Marie Albiach

Translated by Keith Waldrop


The Post-Apollo Press
Original Language(s)
Additional Credits
Cover art by Sherine Audi
Design by Simone Fattal
Poetry, Translation
Edition, Year
First Edition, 2006
In Print
Anne-Marie Albiach
Anne-Marie Albiach (1937-2012) was a French poet and translator. With Claude Royet-Journoud and Michel Couturier, she co-edited the magazine Siécle a mains, where she first published her translation of Louis Zukofsky's "A-9.” Her English ... Read More
Keith Waldrop
Keith Waldrop was born in Kansas and served in the United States military. He studied at Aix-Marseille and Michigan Universities, earning a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1964. His first book of poetry, A Windmill Near ... Read More

In Figured Image, Keith Waldrop has created perfectly lucid translations, making available to readers of English the most significant compilation of Anne-Marie Albiach’s work since her Mezza Voce (also from The Post-Apollo Press, 1988). Waldrop’s limpid immediacy negotiates with deliberate grace the complexities of Albiach’s lexicon.

— Donald Wellman, Jacket


Praise for Figured Image

Anne-Marie Albiach’s words are never alone on the page, having each other for company, just as they find here ideal companionship in Keith Waldrop’s translation. In Figurations de l’image, Albiach pursues her rigorous investigation into the possibilities of measure, the perceptible, luminescence, vulnerability, memory, contour, ardor, breath, oscillation, remonstration, trajectory, disparity, abstraction, antecedence, disparity, refraction, trace, tapestry, rehearsal, reverberation, and the irreparable. In these poems, the figures refute image as they bank, relapse, surge, palsy, recollect. Albiach scores space to twine time, abjures rhyme to make blank shimmer in the mark.

— Charles Bernstein

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