Born in March 4, 1901, Tananarive, Madag.he died in June 22, 1937, place Tananarive) Malagasy writer. Largely self-educated, he earned his living as a proofreader for a publishing concern. He wrote seven volumes of poetry in French, of which Near-Dreams (1934) and Translation of the Night (1935) are considered the most important. The mythical and surrealistic world created in his poems is intensely personal and dominated by visions of death, catastrophe, and alienation. Harassed by French authorities and addicted to drugs, he committed suicide. He is regarded as the father of modern literature in his native land.
"And the drum is ready when gladioli crown the horns of the delivered calf who bounds and grazes the hills of grass.
There it will resound, and its incantations will become dreams ...
from Translated from the Night:#3
The secret hives are aligned near the lianas of heaven, among the luminous nests.
Gather nectar there, bees of my thoughts, little bees winged with sound within the pregnant cloud of silence; laden yourself with resin perfumed with stars and wind: we will seal all the gaps communicating with the tumult of life.
Laden yourself also with stellar pollen for the prairies of the earth; and tomorrow, when there will be wreathed the wild roses of my poems, we will have celestial rose hips and sidereal seeds.