Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Cid Corman’s oeuvre is immense. In addition to his many volumes of poetry, he published a large number of translations from French, German, Italian, and Japanese. These not only have appeared as separate volumes, including the work of such diverse writers as Matsuo Bash, Shimpei Kusano, René Char, Francis Ponge, and Philippe Jaccottet, but also lie scattered throughout his books and magazine publications. These latter include a virtual pantheon of major writers, among them Eugenio Montale, Mario Luzi, René Daumal, and Paul Celan, as well as many little-known European and Asian writers.

Corman was equally prolific as an essayist and commentator on contemporary letters. Some of his essays have been collected in Word for Word: Essays on the Art of Language (1977-1978) and Where Were We Now: Essays and Postscriptum (1991). Corman also maintained an enormous literary and cultural correspondence with other writers and intellectuals.