Stroke by Stroke is a pairing of two of Henri Michaux’s most suggestive texts, Stroke by Stroke (Par des traits, 1984) and Grasp (Saisir, 1979), written towards the end of his life. Michaux’s ideogrammic ink drawings accompany his poetic explorations of animals, humans, and the origins of language. This series of verbal and pictorial gestures is at once explosive and contemplative. Michaux emerges at his most Zen.
Henry Michaux is hardly a painter, hardly even a writer, but a conscience – the most sensitive substance yet discovered for registering the fluctuating anguish of day-today, minute-to-minute living. —John Ashbery
Michaux is the poet laureate of our insomnia. —The New York Times Book Review Michaux excels in making us feel the strangeness of natural things and the naturalness of strange things. —Andre Gide
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