What inspires me…

Saint John Perse (1887-1975) was born in the French West Indies, where he lived until 1899 before moving to Pau, France. He later became a diplomat. Anti-Nazi, he fled France in 1940. He received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1960. His poetry I read with great pleasure.

This site is dedicated to him.

‘Other than Childhood, what was the in those days that there no longer is’

Saint-John Perse, Eloges and other poems, 3rd ed., translation Louise Varèse, New York, Random House, 1965, p. 11.


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