As a child, Rikki was "infected with the venom of language." As she grew older, she came to believe in language as magic.

A cosmopolitan and intellectual artist, Rikki has lived in North Africa, South America, France, and Canada. Her childhood heroes were Leeuwenhoek and Lewis Carroll, and her ambition, never realized, was to paint the museum scenery behind walruses and saber-tooth tigers.

Her early childhood was spent on the campus of Bard college, where her father was a professor. At Bard she majored in fine arts and minored in medieval studies. Her first novel was written in a small village in France and was entitled, The Stain (1984). It was later followed by Entering Fire (1986), The Fountains of Neptune (1992), Phosphor in Dreamland (1995), The Jade Cabinet (1998) which was finalist for the National Book Critics Award, and most recently, The Word "Desire." In 1998, she was awarded a Lannon Literary Fellowship.

To put it quite simply, Rikki Ducornet is a being unchained, transcendent as a mythical angel.

She is currently a novelist in residence at the University of Denver.


Rikki Ducornet


    "Each thing is merely the limit
    of the flame to which it
    owes its existence."

      -Max Scheler,
      Nature et forme de la sympathie

    "If the brain, as We believe, is shaped by thoughts and not the other way around, then our own is composed of one nacreous coil, our thoughts sweeping upward under the influence of a lucent tide, the whole protected by a layering of scales. It is evident that as long as We are living, this supposition cannot be demonstrated. The Memoir, in this instance, must be read as our testament: We wish our skull's contents to be scrutinized by Dr. Aromal with delicacy and exemplary gravity. After, the brain is to be placed in a canopic jar and given to our mother. "

"Sucking on the Egyptian Gum she frowns and while they scurry about thrusting their fists into cereal boxes she attempts to philosophize. My children are like astronomical bodies, she tells herself. They existed even before they appeared. One needs a star chart to track them down."


Chapbook Selections:


The New Zoo

Egyptian Gum

The Foxed Mirror


Book Review by Forrest Gander

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From the Borges book entitled,
"Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius"

Rikki Ducornet

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