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House of Anansi Press

O Resplandor

Translated by Erin Moure

Published February 01, 2010 | ISBN 9780887848148
POETRY / Canadian / General

Cover of O Resplandor

Regular price $22.95 CAD

160 pages | 8 in × 6 in
Print Format

About this book

O Resplandor

Erin Moure

Here is inventive new poetry from one of our most original and admired poets: Erin Moure, two-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry, winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and a finalist for the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize.

Moure's brilliant collection explores the idea that the act of reading contains all the experiences of the body itself: love, splendour, travel, doubling, loss. The "resplandor" of the title refers to the radiance of the body when the language of the book flows into ears and eyes. In unexpected ways -- through impossible translation, anachronistic journeys, and a fictional mystery that involves a search for a translator who exists only in the future beyond the book itself - O Resplandor confounds notions of authorship and translation, all while conveying the clamour over love and loss. Richly challenging and charged with Erin Moure's distinctive energy, O Resplandor is a work about the powerful light contained in the human body, in translation, and in poetry - even as it shows how these are all one and the same in the end: inventions.

About the Author

Erin Moure

One of Canada’s most eminent and respected poets, ERÍN MOURE is a translator from French, Spanish, Galician, and Portuguese, and the author of seventeen books of poetry. Moure has received the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the A.M. Klein Prize, and she has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Most recently, she has been a finalist for the 2018 Kobzar Literary Award. She lives in Montreal.

Awards and Praise

Praise for O Resplandor:

Moure has composed a joyfully aching, tough and vulnerable poetry of lyrical splendor, a liberated culmination of the transgressive, language-based that has so richly, powerfully and playfully hinged her poetry, essays and translations to date. — Winnipeg Free Press

... a layered, erudite, tender book, aspiring, inspiring, declarative, a book of principled assertion and lovely description. — Influency Salon

O Resplandor is an elegy to love, a testament to friendship... — Matrix Magazine

Heady, heartbreaking, visionary - the words to describe O Resplandor... — Event Magazine

A new book by Erin Moure is always an exciting event in Canadian literary history...This is a tour-deforce of lyric writing. — Prairie Fire

Moure’s ambition is to transform the performance of poetry into poetry itself . . . it makes for a remarkable reading experience. — Harvard Review

  • Long-listed ReLit Awards: Poetry, 2011