Kapusta

Kapusta

Special Edition

Translated by: Moure, Erín

This specially designed and bound hardcover First Edition of Erín Moure's poetry collection Kapusta is limited to 50 copies.

In Kapusta, Moure performs silence on the page and aloud, writing "gesture" and "voice" to explore the relation between responsibility and place, body, and memory, sorrow and sonority. Here, poetry flourishes as a book "beyond the book," in a space of performance that starts and stops time.

In Little Theatres, Ern Moure's avatar Elisa Sampedrn first spoke about theatre and the need for smallness in order to articulate what is huge. Sampedrn, who reappears in the translation mystery O Resplandor as the translator of a language she does not speak, vanishes later in The Unmemntioable when the split in human identity that results from war and displacement is acknowledged. Now, in Kapusta, the character E. is alone, in the smallest of spaces - the bench behind her grandmother's woodstove in Alberta. Here, E. struggles to face the largest of historical and imagined spaces - the Holocaust in Western Ukraine, and to understand her mother's silence at the sadness of her forebears, her "salt-shaker love."

This specially designed and bound hardcover First Edition of Erín Moure's poetry collection Kapusta is limited to 50 copies.

In Kapusta, Moure performs silence on the page and aloud, writing "gesture" and "voice" to explore the relation between responsibility and place, body, and memory, sorrow and sonority. Here, poetry flourishes as a book "beyond the book," in a space of performance that starts and stops time.

In Little Theatres, Ern Moure's avatar Elisa Sampedrn first spoke about theatre and the need for smallness in order to articulate what is huge. Sampedrn, who reappears in the translation mystery O Resplandor as the translator of a language she does not speak, vanishes later in The Unmemntioable when the split in human identity that results from war and displacement is acknowledged. Now, in Kapusta, the character E. is alone, in the smallest of spaces - the bench behind her grandmother's woodstove in Alberta. Here, E. struggles to face the largest of historical and imagined spaces - the Holocaust in Western Ukraine, and to understand her mother's silence at the sadness of her forebears, her "salt-shaker love."

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc - Apr 9, 2015
Specifications pages | 5.875 in x 8 in
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Praise for Erín Moure and The Unmemntioable:

Kobzar Literary Award Finalist

“A stunning book.” — Winnipeg Free Press

The Unmemntioable has much of value to share on family, history, memory, and above all, experience.” — Arc

 “Ambitious and laudable.” — Quill & Quire

“[Moure] understands spaces and the art of language’s fickle and fleeting ways. Her strength as a poet is simple diction, she toys with layout; how the words also act as visuals on the page . . . Consider The Unmemntioable a lease on humanity; the tenants are love and loss.” — Telegraph Journal

Praise for Erín Moure and O Resplandor:

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

“Heady, heartbreaking, visionary — the words to describe O Resplandor.” — Event

“A new book by Erín Moure is always an exciting event in Canadian literary history . . . This is a tour-de-force of lyric writing.” — Prairie Fire

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

“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