Paroles & Poésie

 

Zachary Richard Poésie (Poetry)Zachary Richard began writing poetry in 1968 after a chance encounter with Alan Ginsberg in New Orleans. Influenced by the Beats and particularly by Gary Snyder, Zachary's poetry is rhythmically complex and often logically challenging. The principal themes are enlightenment according to the Zen tradition, the power of nature and francophone identity in North America.

In 1968, Zachary received the Prix Littéraire Champlain for Faire Récolte (Make Harvest). Feu (Fire) was awarded the Prix Roland Gasparic in Bucharest, Rumania in 2003. Outre le Mont is his forth collection. Although Zachary has never been published in English, we are pleased to offer a selection of English language verse.


Outre le Mont
UL Press / La Grande Marée 2015

The fourth volume of poetry from Louisiana's first French language Poet Laureat.

avec audio:

Ballet libellule
Becs croches
Berceuse pluie
Ce vieux rêve usé I
Ce vieux rêve usé II
Cet hiver est étrange
Cinco de mayo
Demi-lune
Derniers chants des merles
Des tchoques par millier
Grisaille
Gyrophares
Korme Choling
L'éclaireuse
La Baie d'Escambia
La plaie
Louis
Louis II
Louis III
Louis IV
Louis V
Moncton by night
Neuf hirondelles
Trois corbeaux


Faire récolte
UL Press 2014

Winner of the Champlain Prize, 1998. Two principal themes: the grandeur of nature and the persistance of Acadian identity. Here are several poems read by the poet.

avec audio:

Nuit Blanche à Moncton
Haiku de la cinquième journée d'automne
Surhaiku de kildeer
Cris sur le bayou
Haiku avalasse de printemps
Hibou dans la nuit
Trente-tois aigrettes
Haiku da la secheresse d'avril
Haiku première vue d'écrevisse
Avalasse
Têtu
Le phare
Le 12 juillet
Piège piégé
Bébé créole
Paques matinée
Bridge down
Shells de shotgun
Le Livreur
La vérité va peut-être te faire du mal
La danse du mouchoir
Mo mo l'aime ça
Brûler la canne

English Language Poetry

Although Zachary has not been published in English, his English language poetry is as rich and challenging as that in French. Here are several samples.

Fever Patrol
Mississippi River
Cloud Signs
Dream of a Woman
Drunk Indians
Kung Fu
14 January
Blue Naked
Hot with Mosquito