Born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, Charles Henri Ford was first known as the editor of Blues: A Magazine of Verse (1929-30), after which he lived in Paris for several years. He edited the beautiful surrealist magazine View in New York from 1940-47 and lived in Italy from 1952-57. He began publishing his own surrealist poetry in the 1930s and began to exhibit his paintings worldwide in the 1950s. In the 1960s, he collaborated with Andy Warhol on film and multimedia projects and exhibited his collage poems (including “28”)—composed of words cut out of newspapers and magazines—in galleries. Ford frequently lived in Greece and spent some time in Tibet.