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Georges Godeau was born in France in 1921. He worked as an engineer, but his true vocation was writing. He has published a dozen books of poetry which deal with simple, everyday subjects. Godeau lives in a small town in central France where he turns his eye on the small events of rural life. While his poems often seem to be anecdotes, they reveal the emotional life of their subjects through subtle detail. He recognizes the non-events in which life’s most important moments often occur. The poems of Mr. Godeau have been translated into several languages including Japanese and Russian. This is their first translation into English. ["Contributor Note" from original publication, 1998.]