Nicole Brossard: Selections / Edition 1

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“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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Editorial Reviews

“A renowned French-Canadian poet and essayist, Brossard marries aesthetic daring with political consciousness . . . and creates an almost tactile reading experience.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520261082
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/2010
  • Series: Poets for the Millennium Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicole Brossard is a poet, novelist, and essayist and the author of more than thirty books. She is a major voice in French-language avant-garde poetry and one of Canada's greatest living writers. Jennifer Moxley is a poet, translator, and editor, and the author of many books including Often Capital.

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Table of Contents


Key to Translators

The Echo Moves Beautiful (1968)

from Logical Suite (1970)
everything gels white mutual attractions between the lines the liquid slides afterward it's so little it's ony initial and doesn't stop being so to act and tend again and without cease there is the palpable night shifts feverish suspension of the act
Subordinating Words

The White Centre (1970)

from Daydream Mechanics (1974–1980)
A Rod for a Handsome Price

The Part for the Whole (1975)

from Lovhers (1980–1986)
(4): Lovhers/write
July the Sea
The Barbizon Hotel for Women

from Double Impression (1984)
The Marginal Way

from Aviva (excerpts, 1985, 2008)

from To Every Gaze (1989)
Cities by the Touch
If Yes Seismal

Obscure Languages (1992)

Vertigo of the Proscenium (1997)

Installations (1989-2)
Color Separation


Matter Harmonious Still Maneuvering (1990)

Ultrasounds (1992)

from Museum of Bone and Water (1999–2003)
Museum of Bone and Water
Typhoon Thrum
The Throat of Lee Miller

Shadow: Soft et Soif (excerpts from Ardor, 2003)

from Notebook of Roses and Civilization (2003–2007)
while caresses draw us close the color of tears at the bottom whatever the month or wound to the dawn add i am in a time blue and easy
Suggestions Heavy-Hearted
Smooth Horizon of the Verb Love
Rustling and Punctuation
Every Ardor
It’s Lively
Soft Link 3

from Ardor (2008)
all thirsts are hollows of light one calls noise of beauty
Nape 9
Nape 10
Nape 12

from After the Words (2007)


Poetic Politics (1990)

I am a woman of the present (1999)

Process of a Yes Its Energy in Progress (1993)

Why Do You Write in French? (2)

Interview with Nicole Brossard by Lynne Huffer (1993)

Catalog of Works

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