Nicole Brossard: Selections

Nicole Brossard: Selections

Nicole Brossard

Language: English

Pages: 252

ISBN: 0520261089

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“Pleasure,” Jennifer Moxley writes in her introduction to this volume, “is the word that first comes to mind at the mention of Nicole Brossard's poetry.” This volume provides English-language readers with an overview of the life and work of Nicole Brossard, poet, novelist, and essayist, who is widely recognized in her native Québec and throughout the French-speaking world as one of the greatest writers of her generation. Brossard's poetry is rooted in her investigations of language, her abiding commitment to a feminist consciousness, and her capacity for renewing meaning as a virtual space of desire. The reader enters a poetic world in which the aesthetic is joined with the political, and the meaning of both is enriched in the process. The selections in this volume include translations of some of Brossard's best-known works-Lovhers, Ultra Sounds, Museum of Bone and Water, Notebook of Roses and Civilization-along with short prose works, an interview with Brossard, and a bibliography of works in French and English, and constitute the most substantial English-language sampling published to date of one of Canada's greatest living poets.

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of convocation in the prospect of pacts ___________ women reclining 6 8 \ P O E M S feverish seaside coffee scenario of what causes suffering in the voices how to describe this opera of the interior passion like an overture on the sea, a reflection of the voice to arouse interest illusion _____________ lyre L O V H E R S / 6 9 last day on the island: amorous rigor has assumed its sense and numbers vigilant seductions assemble for concentration (everything is so concrete, orgasm like a

lavender noble back visible far-off like bay water all round the tongue cuts every rosebush no one dares laugh once cleansed of it all suspicion naturally a bone art spies on art and my life 8 May morning Ontario Street I observe the bone and blue of questions brush up against territory of when I was young a theory of vanishing in mind in each phrase the background murmur of farewell thus tomorrow contemplated in tears white thighs washed in river water 1 3 0 \ P O E M S 9 silence between

tails scattered along the length of the quotidian and creatures for there are always creatures ready to run for us before eternity get drunk coil up in language creatures suspended from our need of sea and wave 1 5 4 \ P O E M S hold on in silence at dawn the verb to be courses in the veins, a heavenly body, it flies as after love or grain of salt on the tongue early morning, taste of immensity it draws near the first dampness come kiss me think of the great power of water that makes a place

tails scattered along the length of the quotidian and creatures for there are always creatures ready to run for us before eternity get drunk coil up in language creatures suspended from our need of sea and wave 1 5 4 \ P O E M S hold on in silence at dawn the verb to be courses in the veins, a heavenly body, it flies as after love or grain of salt on the tongue early morning, taste of immensity it draws near the first dampness come kiss me think of the great power of water that makes a place

every abstraction.” The abstract idea still arouses, still leads to satisfaction. Similarly for Brossard’s poetry, the idea though abstracted yet yields satisfaction. The loss in English of the double meaning of genre brings up the issue of translation. It is a key issue for this collection, since Brossard is a poet for whom words and their elements—signifier, phoneme, grapheme—are never casually employed. She is a devotee of wordplay, almost to a Cratylus-like32 pitch, and wordplay, as Rosmarie

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