Jean-Marie Gleize is the author of over twenty books in France. He published his first book (on Francis Ponge) in 1981, and became a professor at l’Université d’Aix-en-Provence as well as at the prestigious l’École normale supérieure de Lyon, where he would direct the Centre d’études poétiques from 1999 to 2009. In addition to his scholarly work on modern and contemporary French, Arabic, and American poetry, he would enter the first rank of French poets (or “post-poets,” as is sometimes said), aesthetically affiliated with peers such as Emmanuel Hocquard, Anne-Marie Albiach, and Claude Royet-Journoud. The first full-length translation into English of his writing, Tarnac, a preparatory act, is the most recent volume in a cycle of works published in France by Editions du Seuil’s series Fiction et Cie, created in 1974 by the poet Denis Roche. A seventh volume, titled Le Livre des cabanes, will be published in 2015, also by Seuil. Tarnac, a preparatory act was translated by Joshua Clover, Abigail Lang, and Bonnie Roy and published in January 2014 by Kenning Editions.