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The Elements

by (author) Erín Moure

Publisher
House of Anansi Press Inc
Initial publish date
Apr 2019
Category
Canadian, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487003722
    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487003746
    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price
    $16.95

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The new collection from Governor General’s Literary Award–winning poet and translator Erín Moure is a book about tenderness, and about The Good, in the face of destruction.

The Elements is a family book, a thinker’s biography in poetry, and a polylingual homage. Poems about and for Moure’s late father — accepting his dementia as a real way of thinking “world” and “self” in a struggle against invasive powers — are braced alongside poems invoking the struggle of Galician peasants against the invasion of the armies of Napoleon. It is a book about tenderness, and about The Good, in the face of destructions. By celebrating our ability to think and to revolt, it defends the human pull toward happiness and sovereignty, toward life, toward living. “The infinitely transmissible,” it says, “demands this polyvalent body.”

About the author

A central figure in contemporary poetry and one of the most iconoclastic figures in Galician and European literature, Chus Pato's sixth book, m-Tala, broke the poetic mould in 2000. Hordes of Writing, the third text in her projected pentology Method, received the 2008 Spanish Critics' Prize for Galician Poetry, and the Losada Di?guez literary prize in 2009. Pato continues to refashion the way we think of the possibilities of poetic text, of words, bodies, political and literary space, and of the construction of ourselves as individual, community, nation, world. She brings us face to face with the traumas and migrations of Europe, with writing itself, and the possibility (or not) of poetry accounting for our animal selves. Secession is Pato's ninth book and her fourth to be translated into English.

Montreal poet Erín Moure has published seventeen books of poetry in English and Galician/English, and thirteen volumes of poetry translated from French, Spanish, Galician and Portuguese into English, by poets such as Andr's Ajens, Nicole Brossard, Rosala de Castro, Louise Dupr?, and Fernando Pessoa. Her work has received the Governor General's Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the A.M. Klein Prize, and has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Prize. Moure is currently revising the bilingual French/English impossible play Kapusta, a sequel to The Unmemntioable, for publication in 2015, and is translating Chus Pato's Carne de Leviatan into English as Flesh of Leviathan, to appear in 2016. She is also working on a new book of poems called The Elements, and on a translation of Wilson Bueno's Mar Paraguayo.

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Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND THE ELEMENTS
“Moure’s wit and her eye for the beautiful infuse the poems … The collection is intensely rewarding, tender, and human as it attempts to name the unnameable, to bear the unbearable.” — Canadian Notes & Queries
“A formally exciting work.” — Montreal Review of Books

PRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND FURIOUS:
Winner, Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry
“Her work sparks with passion, inventiveness, and more conceptual leaps than quantum physics.” — Books in Canada
“Moure manages an impressive range and balance. She is humorous, tender, sad, fanciful, and angry, and she writes with a freshness and energy that convince the reader: language does indeed have power.” — Kingston Whig-Standard
“Erín Moure stakes out new, exciting, precarious turf. Nothing can subvert an artist’s impulse more subtly or drastically than adherence to a theoretical view of the work. Yet Moure is willing to take that risk, and in doing so has uncovered a new threshold and power in her writing.” — Montreal Gazette

PRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND KAPUSTA:
Finalist, A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry
Finalist, Kobzar Literary Award
Kapusta is an alchemical cookbook of language, history, heartbreak, and wonder.” — Natasha Chaykowski, Canadian Art
Kapusta continues Moure’s exploration of the boundaries of language, form, and technique. The French deconstructionist [Jacques Derrida] would surely approve.” — Quill & Quire
“It’s in the way Moure persistently weaves together philosophy and pop culture, YouTube and trauma, iPhones and ancestry, the ‘real’ and the ‘replica,’ that Kapusta is most daring. Again and again, disparate things and the ideas they symbolize get stitched together, reverberate dissonantly, and become uncanny.” — Neil Surkan, The Puritan

PRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND PLANETARY NOISE: SELECTED POETRY OF ERÍN MOURE:
“Translations with real originals, ambient thoughts carved from air, design elements from art books, and slices from philosophy circulate in work created to never settle down, never to narrow to any one point.” — Stephanie Burt, New York Times

PRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND ON SITTING SHIVA ON MINTO AVENUE, BY TOOTS:
“In this intricately layered book, a cross-genre narrative encompassing memoir, biography, goodbye letter, and poetic socio-historic treatise stretching from Vancouver to Montreal, Erín Moure reminds us that memory transcends mortality, that in our rawest grief, love and reflection can offer the greatest shelters.” — Cora Siré, Montreal Review of Books

PRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND THE UNMEMNTIOABLE:
Finalist, Kobzar Literary Award
“A stunning book.” — Winnipeg Free Press
“The Unmemntioable has much of value to share on family, history, memory, and above all, experience.” — Arc Poetry Magazine
“Ambitious and laudable.” — Quill & Quire
“[Moure] understands spaces and the art of language’s fickle and fleeting ways. Her strength as a poet is simple diction, she toys with layout; how the words also act as visuals on the page … Consider The Unmemntioable a lease on humanity; the tenants are love and loss.” — Telegraph Journal

PRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND O RESPLANDOR:
“Moure’s ambition is to transform the performance of poetry into poetry itself … it makes for a remarkable reading experience.” — Harvard Review
“Heady, heartbreaking, visionary — the words to describe O Resplandor.” — Event
“A new book by Erín Moure is always an exciting event in Canadian literary history … This is a tour-de-force of lyric writing.” — Prairie Fire
O Resplandor is an elegy to love, a testament to friendship.” — Matrix
“Moure has composed a joyfully aching, tough, and vulnerable poetry of lyrical splendor, a liberated culmination of the transgressive, language-based that has so richly, powerfully, and playfully hinged her poetry, essays, and translations to date.” — Winnipeg Free Press

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