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The Unmemntioable

by Erin Moure

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Shortlisted for the Kobzar Literary Award.

The Unmemntioable joins letters that should not be joined. There is, in this word, an act of force. Of devastation. The unmentionable is love, of course. But in Moure’s poems, love is bound to a duty: to comprehend what it was that the immigrants would not speak of. Now they are dead; their children and grandchildren know but an anecdotal pastiche of Ukrainian history. On Saskatoon Mountain in Alberta where they settled, only the chatter of the leaves remains of their presence. What was not spoken is sealed over, unmemntioable. There is no one left to contact in the Old Country. Can the unmemntioable retain its silence, yet be eased into words? Can experience still be spoken?

Awards
  • Short-listed, Kobzar Literary Award
Editorial Reviews

The Unmemntioable has much of value to share on family, history, memory, and above all, experience.

— Arc Poetry Magazine

Pushing language against its point of endurance, Moure makes each reader a witness to the unspeakable.

— Arc Poetry Magazine

... ambitious and laudable ...

— Quill and Quire

... a stunning book ...

— Winnipeg Free Press

[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

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