Written by Erin Moure
Publication Date April 01, 2002
A candid and passionate consideration of citizenship viewed through the feminine, O Cidadan examines borders in language and in the body, to explore ways in which we might rethink nation and community in our era. Erin Moure's poems pulse: they shift and overlap, echo, capture sensual and political hinges in our social topography. Drawing on puns, shadows, images, charts and crosswords, Moure's poetic forms belie any settled, safe habitation of the page -- extending the textual possibilities of language and expression, as Moure grapples with how we might exist as citizens.
Gritty, argumentative, funny, and moody, O Cidadan is Erin Moure's final volume in a decade-long trilogy of work exploring language, feeling, responsibility and identity within the liminal territories we occupy. The first, critically acclaimed volumes were Search Procedures, nominated for the 1996 Governor General's Award for poetry, and A Frame of the Book (also called The Frame of a Book), nominated for the 1999 QSPELL A. M. Klein Poetry Prize and the 1999 Pat Lowther Memorial Award.
Short-listed for the Governor General's Award: Poetry 2002
Short-listed for the QSPELL Award : Poetry 2002
Erín Moure is one of Canada's most eminent and respected poets, and a translator from French, Spanish, Galician, and Portuguese. She is the author of seventeen books of poetry and a book of essays, and has received the Governor General's Literary Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the A. M. Klein Prize, and has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Her recent works include the book-length poem The Unmemntioable and Insecession, a memoir and poetics that is a companion text to her translation of Chus Pato's biopoetics, Secession. Her twelve books of poetry in translation include Sheep's Vigil by a Fervent Person by Alberto Caeiro/Fernando Pessoa, Nicole Brossard's White Piano (co-translated with Robert Majzels), Rosalia de Castro's Galician Songs, and Galician poet Chus Pato's acclaimed m-Talá, Charenton, and Hordes of Writing.