Notebook of Roses and Civilization

Poetry translated with Erín Moure from the French Cahier de roses et civilization by Nicole Brossard

Shortlisted for the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize

Shortlisted for the 2007 Governor General's Award for Translation

The heat of summer on an earlobe, a parking meter, the shadow of crabs and pigeons under a cherry tree, an olive, a shoulder blade: in the poems of Nicole Brossard these concrete, quotidian things move languorously through the senses to find a place beyond language. Taken together, they create an audacious new architecture of meaning. Nicole Brossard, one of the world’s foremost literary innovators, is known for her experiments with language and her ground-breaking treatment of desire and gender. This dextrous translation by the award-winning poets and translators Erín Moure and Robert Majzels brings into English, with great verve and sensitivity, Brossard’s remarkable syntax and sensuality.

Nicole Brossard, Erín Moure and Robert Majzels read from Notebook of Roses and Civilization