Poetry. Translated by Anthony Barnett. "The Poem is this place where nothingness comes to see, comes to breathe" (from "BLANK"). BLANK, published in France in 1991 at Editions Unes, is a soul searching, frighteningly truthful prose meditation on life and the making of poetry, from one of several notebooks by the author to be published following his early death from cancer. Roger Giroux lived a mostly private life as an uncompromisingly pure poet. He is best known for the single volume of poetry that appeared during his lifetime, from Mercure de France in 1964, L'Arbre Le Temps, that was awarded the Prix Max Jacob.