Winner of the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry from the Quebec Writers' Federation
With undeniable verve, Oana Avasilichioaei upends expectations of literature and poetry in this fascinating collection. We, Beasts is a fairy tale; a book within a book; a collection of verse; a mediation on language, real and imagined and a sly social commentary all in one.
Oana Avasilichioaei is a Montreal poet and a literary and commercial translator. She has translated poetry of Nobel-nominated, Romanian poet Nichita St?nescu, published as Occupational Sickness (BuschekBooks, 2006) and collaborated with Erín Moure on Expeditions of a Chimæra (BookThug, 2009), a dialogic work exploring the boundaries between author/translator and original/copy. She has given workshops and lectures on translation in Canada, USA, Mexico, Spain and France. A current translation-related project involves a field translation of the early Romanian poems of Paul Celan. Her recent books with Wolsak and Wynn include The Islands (2011), feria: a poempark (2008) and Abandon (2005).
"The wilderness we are returned to here is the one formed by language on the edge of wildernesses long gone?the liminal space of fairy and folk tale, where we stare back at the animals we try to deceive ourselves we no longer are. Voice drifts into voice, language into and out of language." - Jacket2
"Her incantatory 'songs' and the insertion of a chapbook of 'spelles' give a feel of ancient power to the often medieval imagery." - Winnipeg Free Press