translated from the French by Stephen Cahaly
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898) was an English teacher who in his spare time became instrumental behind the scenes of France's dynamic 19th-century artistic movement. A significant aspect of his achievement was the way he had been able to blend French lyricism with reading strategies learned from Japanese art. A visionary, he had wished to bring many languages together at once with his poetry, an aim that resonates with our more tightly wound world in which not any single language rules.
Stephen Cahaly (b. 1968) has lived in Japan and is currently residing in Pompano Beach, Florida. His website on poetry and philosophy can be found here.