If There Were Anywhere but Desert: The Selected Poems of Edmond Jabes

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EDMOND JABES was born in Cairo in 1912. He left Egypt during the Suez Crisis of 1956 and now lives in Paris. In 1970 he received the Prix des Critiques; in 1982, the Prix des Arts, des Lettres et des Sciences of the Foundation for French Judaism; and in 1983, the Pasolini Prize for poetry. Translator and poet Rosmarie Waldrop was educated at the University of Aix-Marseilles, the University of Freidburg, and the University of Michigan.

Keith Waldrop is author of numerous collections of poetry and is the translator of The Selected Poems of Edmond Jabes, as well as works by Claude Royet-Journoud, Anne-Marie Albiach and Jean Grosjean. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and DAAD (Berlin). His titles include HEGEL'S FAMILY, THE OPPOSITE OF LETTING THE MIND WANDER: SELECTED POEMS AND A FEW SONGS, SHIPWRECK IN HAVEN: TRANSCENDENTAL STUDIES, The Balustrade, Light While There is Light, THE LOCALITY PRINCIPLE, ANALOGIES OF ESCAPE and HAUNT. He has twice been nominated for the National Book Award: for his first book of poetry, A Windmill Near Calvary (University of Michigan, 1968); and his most recent, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press, 2009), which won. With his wife Rosmarie Waldrop he co-edits Burning Deck Press. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and teaches at Brown University.

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