Volvick Ricourt


(Born Cap-Haïtien, 1893; Died New York, 1962)

A poet with the “soul of a musician” (Artrey 221), Ricourt was also a composer and violinist for the Cap Philharmonic orchestra. He was interested in art and music from childhood, completed his studies in Cap-Haïtien and worked as a head clerk of the Department of the Interior. Ricourt explored the relationship between words and music in his poetry, creating melodic verses described as having “a dreamy and soothing melancholy” (Morpeau 331). Ricourt published work in L’Essor and Le Matin, as well as an anthology, L'invisible orchestre (Cie lithographique d'Haïti, 1933).

Biography by Michelle Kiefer, 2023


Morpeau, Louis. Anthologie d'un siècle de poésie haïtienne 1817-1925. Bossard, 1924.

Artrey, J. L. L. d. (1927). Anthologie internationale. France: La France univérselle.

Dauphin, C. (n.d.). "Histoire de la musique classique au Cap." Ville du Cap-Haïtien. Retrieved September 8, 2023, from https://villeducaphaitien.com/


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Sunday, January 1st
12:00 AM

Au clair de la lune / By Moonlight

Volvick Ricourt

Translation: Michelle Kiefer

Pluie d’automne / Autumn Rain

Volvick Ricourt

Translation: Sharissa Walsh