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.