Born in Marseille, France, when Deluy was thirteen growing up in Aix-en-Provence he sent some of his poems to the local poet Blaise Cendrars. He responded by correcting some grammatical errors which served to encourage Deluy. Five years later he interrupted his studies and hitchhiked to England where he supported himself doing fruit-picking. He then decided to go to Sweden but while travelling through the Netherlands, he met his first wife who introduced him to a whole generation of ultra-modernist poets such as Adriaan Roland Holst, Lucebert, and Gerrit Kouwenaar. This proved to have a significant impact on his development as a writer, translator, and editor.
Deluy died in France on July 20, 2021.
- "Mort d'Henri Deluy, directeur d'« Action poétique »". Le Monde. 20 July 2021.
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