"Michaux is the poet laureate of our insomnia."--Anatole Broyard, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Michaux travels via his languages: lines, words, colors, silences, rhythms. And he does not hesitate to break the back of a word.... In order to arrive: where? At that nowhere that is here, there, and everywhere."--Octavio Paz
A pairing of two of Henri Michaux's most contemplative texts--"Stroke by Stroke" ("Par des traits," 1984) and "Grasp" ("Saisir," 1979)--written toward the end of his life. The author's ink drawings accompany his poetic exploration of animals, insects, language, and human nature. Explosive, measured accounts of men and beasts.