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Anne Tardos

Poet, visual artist, and composer, Anne Tardos was born in Cannes, France. She grew up in Paris and moved twice in her youth—once to Budapest, where she learned Hungarian, and then to Vienna, where she learned German but attended a French high school.

In 1966, she moved to the United States. Tardos is the author of the multilingual performance work Among Men, which was produced by the West German Radio, WDR, in Cologne. Her books of polylingual poems and graphics are I Am You (Salt Publishing, 2008); The Dik-dik's Solitude: New and Selected Works (Granary Books, 2002); Uxudo (1999); Mayg-shem Fish (1995); and Cat Licked the Garlic (1992).

Tardos also collaborated frequently with her late husband, the poet Jackson Mac Low. She currently lives and works in New York.

By This Poet

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NINE, 40

Take a good look, she says about her inventory. 

Palatially housed, her inflammatory and multifaceted

    set of selves. 

Old brain inside the new brain, inside the skull. 

The exact velocity of quantum particles cannot be known. 

Like wave equations in the space of certain dimensions. 

I never thought that things would go this far. 

Angular momentum of closely-knit and sexually
 
    adventurous people. 

Any piece of matter, when heated, starts to glow. 

It’s that kind of relationship that’s built on friction.

NINE, 86

The insubstantial and changing quality of space is appreciated.
Intellectual understanding is based on harmless and spontaneous perception.
Supposition gold-digger advocating pleasure—be the laughing stock!
Amber cushion softly evident seagull commentary, we shall prevail.
Tirelessly pedaling along the ever present source of ideas.
Long, drawn-out suffering is not what we're after.
Palpably diligent search for the hidden order in art.
Studying aspects of artistic imagination, the kinds of attention.
Conscious and unconscious scanning of perceptual stress and oscillation.