The Major Verbs

The Major Verbs

by Pierre Nepveu
     
 

Pierre Nepveu is unique among French Quebec poets for having forged a voice at once unadorned, sensuous, and adventurous, and this new collection is a masterwork consisting of three sequences. The first focuses on an immigrant night cleaner glimpsed on a subway; the second, a riff on a group of stones on a table; and the final sequence concerns the

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Pierre Nepveu is unique among French Quebec poets for having forged a voice at once unadorned, sensuous, and adventurous, and this new collection is a masterwork consisting of three sequences. The first focuses on an immigrant night cleaner glimpsed on a subway; the second, a riff on a group of stones on a table; and the final sequence concerns the poet’s parents and their deaths. The book closes with a long meditative poem written in the American southwest. In the original French, this collection was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2010.

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From the Publisher
“An epic poem that acknowledges the dispossessed, this book is a journey into sorrow and compassion.”  —Governor General’s Award Jury on Mirabel

"There is something familiar about this constrained and passionate book, how it sings to the little woodland, how it yearns for green. . . . Mirabel is moving, and all of it is skillful, each line, just bang on in its simplicity."  —Sina Queyras, poet and author, Lemon Hound on Mirabel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550653397
Publisher:
Vehicule Press
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Pages:
92
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Pierre Nepveu is a critic, an essayist, a poet, and a teacher in the French studies department at the University of Montreal. He is the author of Mirabel and has received the Governor General’s Award three times—in 1997 for the collection of poems Romans-fleuves, in 1998 for the essay Intérieurs du Nouveau Monde, and in 2003 for Lignes Aériennes. His many other awards include the Québec-Paris Prize, the Prix Victor-Barbeau de l’Académie des lettres du Québec, and the Canada-Swiss Prize. Donald Winkler is a filmmaker and translator. He won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation in 2011. His translation of Daniel Poliquin’s La Kermesse (A Secret Between Us) was a finalist for the 2007 Giller Prize. They both live in Montreal.

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