Belgian-born poet, writer, and painter who wrote in French. Michaux is best henri Michaux PDF for his esoteric books written in a highly accessible style.
This section does not cite any sources. 1931, Michaux visited Japan, China and India. The result of this trip is the book A Barbarian in Asia. Oriental culture became one of his biggest influences. The philosophy of Buddhism, and Oriental calligraphy, later became principal subjects of many of his poems and inspired many of his drawings. He also traveled to Africa and to the American continent, where he visited Ecuador and published the book Ecuador. His travels across the Americas finished in Brazil in 1939, and he stayed there for two years.
All his writing is strange and original. As his translator put it in Darkness Moves, the most comprehensive Michaux anthology in English, his poems are « messages from his inner space. Michaux was also a highly original artist. His work is not quite figurative, but suggestive.