Face Before Against by Isabelle Garron, translated by Sarah Riggs

Litmus Press


Softcover / 140 x 203 mm / 272 pp

ISBN 978-1-933959-04-7


In the first full-length English translation of Isabelle Garron’s poetry, Sarah Riggs presents a striking new voice in contemporary French poetry to an Anglophone readership. At turns spare and weighty, sensual and critical, fluid and ruptured, Face Before Against probes the structure of language, testing its ability to render self and world in a theater that is the poem.

Isabelle Garron (b. 1968) is a younger generation French poet who teaches in Paris. She is the author of Qu’il faille (Editions Flammarion, 2007), Face devant contre (Editions Flammarion, 2002), Déferlage II (Editions Les Cahiers de la Seine, 2002), and Le corps échéant (Editions Les Cahiers de la Seine, 2000). Garron has also participated as poet and/or editor in various French journals, including Petite, Action Poétique, and Action restreinte. Her 2002 book of poems, Face devant contre, was translated into English by Sarah Riggs and published by Litmus Press as Face Before Against in 2008.

Sarah Riggs is a writer, artist, filmmaker, and translator. She has published poetry books, most recently EAVESdrop with Chax (2020), and forthcoming The Nerve Epistle with Roof Books (2021) as well as with 1913 Press, Burning Deck, Reality Street, Ugly Duckling Presse, Éditions de l’attente, and Le Bleu du Ciel, and forthcoming with Les Poèmes du Monde, as well as chapbooks with Belladonna and Contrat Maint, and critical essays with Routledge. She is the translator of Etel Adnan’s Time from the French with Nightboat (2019) which received the Griffin International Poetry and Best Translated Book Awards, as well as Face Before Against by Isabelle Garron with Litmus Press (2007) and books by Oscarine Bosquet, Ryoko Sekiguchi and others. She has paintings in collaboration with Emily Wallis Hughes’s book of poetry Sugar Factory with Spuyten Duyvil in 2018 and a show of drawings for Laynie Browne’s Amulet Sonnets (forthcoming also as a book with Solid Objects).