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House of Anansi Press


Written by Erín Moure

Published April 09, 2015 | ISBN 9781770894815

Cover of Kapusta

Regular price $19.95 CAD

136 pages | 8 in × 5.875 in
Print Format

About this book


Erín Moure

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."

About the Author

Erín Moure

One of Canada’s most eminent and respected poets, ERÍN MOURE is a translator from French, Spanish, Galician, and Portuguese, and she is 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 shortlisted for the 2018 Kobzar Literary Award. She lives in Montreal.

Awards and Praise

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

  • Short-listed A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry, 2015