Counterpanes

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Guernica Editions, 1993 - Poetry - 73 pages
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The pivotal figure of Quebec literature and publishing since the fifties, Gaston Miron in this collection first published in 1975 confirmed his reputation as one of the most important Quebecois poets. For Miron, the role of language in poetry is essential and he is primarily concerned with the relation between language, culture, and history. He sees himself as an 'anthropoet, ' a gatherer and harvester of words, and at the crux of his poetry is the assertion that we are who we are because of our language."
 

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Contents

Anthropoet
7
Sentant la glaise Feeling the soil
15
Doublure dun combatDuplicate of a Combat
41
Sequence de la bateche Sequence of the Blessed
59
NonNo
67
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About the author (1993)

Gaston Miron (1928-1996) was a dominant influence in the Quebec poetry scene. In the forefront of the Quebec nationalist movement, Miron is considered a "national" poet and has been awarded several major literary prizes, including the Guillaume-Apollinaire in 1981 and the Molson Prize in 1985. His masterpiece, L'homme rapaillé (partly translated as The March to Love: Selected Poems of Gaston Miron, whose title echoes Miron's most celebrated poem "La marche á l'amour"), has sold over 100 000 copies, in Quebec and overseas, ensuring Miron as one of the most widely read authors of Quebec literature.

Dennis Egan is an American translator who lives in Paris.

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