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Ardour

by Nicole Brossard, translated by Angela Carr

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something like wait for me
in the braille of scars
tonight can i suggest a little punctuation
circle half-moon vertical line of astonishment
a pause that transforms
light and breath 
into language and threshold of fire

Even as vowels tremble in danger and worldly destruction repeats itself on the horizon, Ardour reminds us that the silence pulsing within us is also a language of connection. In these poems, intimacy with the other is another astonishment—a pleasant gasp, a "pause that transforms light and breath into language and threshold of fire." Since her first book appeared fifty years ago, Nicole Brossard has left us breathless, expanding our notion of poetry and its possibilities.

'[Nicole Brossard] is a wholly singular writer, part of a larger movement of Quebec Women's writing, part of feminist writing, avant-garde writing, part of lesbian writing, but wholly, unequivocally, herself.' – Sina Queyras

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Nicole Brossard

NICOLE BROSSARD’s collections of poetry have twice won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Grand Prix de la poésie de la Fondation des Forges. She has been honoured with the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, the Prix Athanase David, the inaugural Blue Metropolis Violet Prize, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize, among other awards, and her work has been translated into ten languages. She is an officer of the Order of Canada, chevalière of the National Order of Quebec, and a member of l’Académie des lettres du Québec. In addition to her poetry, Brossard has written novels, plays, and essays; directed two films; and co-founded the literary journal La Barre du Jour. She lives in Montreal.

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Angela Carr

NICOLE BROSSARD’s collections of poetry have twice won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Grand Prix de la poésie de la Fondation des Forges. She has been honoured with the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, the Prix Athanase David, the inaugural Blue Metropolis Violet Prize, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize, among other awards, and her work has been translated into ten languages. She is an officer of the Order of Canada, chevalière of the National Order of Quebec, and a member of l’Académie des lettres du Québec. In addition to her poetry, Brossard has written novels, plays, and essays; directed two films; and co-founded the literary journal La Barre du Jour. She lives in Montreal.

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Editorial Reviews

Nicole Brossard is 'widely regarded as one of Canada's best poets.'

- The New Yorker

— The New Yorker

'[Nicole Brossard] is a wholly singular writer, part of a larger movement of Quebec Women's writing, part of feminist writing, avant-garde writing, part of lesbian writing, but wholly, unequivocally, herself.' – Sina Queyras

— Sina Queyras

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