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Born in 1927 in southern France (in the small town of Privas) and raised in northern France (in Saint-Quentin) as well, Jacques Dupin settled in Paris in 1944 and continues to live there. His first book, Cendrier du voyage (1950), was prefaced by Rene Char. By 1952, he had begun working for the magazine Cahiers d'Art. Soon the poet came into contact with numerous artists, including Constantin Brancusi, Pablo Picasso, Victor Brauner, Wilfredo Lam, Alexander Calder, Jean Helion, Georges Braque, Nicolas De Stael, Joan Miro, and Alberto Giacometti. From the 1950s to the present day, Dupin has been a major figure not only in French poetry but also in the contemporary art world, as a critic, expert (notably of Miro's painting), catalogue editor, exhibition organizer, and publisher (at the Editions de la Galerie Maeght). Along with Andre du Bouchet, Yves Bonnefoy, Michel Leiris, Gaetan Picon, Louis-Rene des Forets, and Paul Celan, Dupin founded and edited the important review L'Ephemere, beginning in 1966. His poetic oeuvre is one of the most profound and challenging in contemporary French literature. Besides recent volumes published by the Editions P.O.L., such as Ecart (2000) and especially Coudrier (2006), which is translated here, two comprehensive Gallimard paperback collections, Le Corps clairvoyant (1999) and Ballast (2009), gather much of his earlier work. He was awarded the French National Poetry Prize in 1988, and the Grand Prix de Poesie (attributed by the French Academy) in 2010.