Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets


Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
Edited and translated by Aidan Hayes

Southword Editions, 2008, 121 pages (Hardback)
ISBN: 978-1-905002-30-6

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Songwriters who work in English whose lyrics are respected in the world of mainstream poetry are few (Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave come quickly to mind) but in French there is a much stronger tradition of a crossover between the two arts. In a dual-language anthology, Richesses assembles a selection of the most important practitioners, rendered into Aidan Hayes’s much praised English translations.

Translations of Léo Ferré, Barbara, Félix Leclerc, Jacques Bertin, Gilles Vigneault, Jacques Brel and Anne Sylvestre.