Written by Erin Moure
Publication Date April 01, 2007
O Cadoiro is an astonishing exploration of lyricism by one of our greatest poets, best known in recent years for her challenging experimental work. But where experimental poets often disdain lyric, Moure embraces it, revelling in its beauty and its radical modernity. Rooted in medieval Galician-Portuguese cantigas, her poems in O Cadoiro are a breathtaking passage through archive, rhythm, address, and the mystery and wound of authorship itself.
From the author's postface: O cadoiro is, literally, the place where falling is made. In Galician, cadoiro is one word for waterfall. Cataract, perhaps. Thus, the fall. This to me is the place of poetry, for whoever writes poetry must be prepared, ever, to fall.
Short-listed for the A.M. Klein Poetry Prize 2007
Short-listed for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards 2008
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.
"Ever wise, ever playful, Erin Moure keeps shifting the ground beneath us in this soaring, multilingual work." A.M. Klein Award Jury Citation
"O Cadoiro is a big-hearted experiment, a gift offered to those willing to open their hearts to its confused and confusing twists and turns." Edmonton Journal
"O Cadoiro is a study of how to write experimental poetry and...how to do it exceptionally well..." Scene Magazine
"The publication of a new collection by Moure is always a cause for celebration...O Cadoiro explores the curves and angles of lyrical experimentation." Globe and Mail
"[Erin Moure is] one of the most critically lauded and successful Canadian 'language' poets...O Cadoiro contains enough intellectual intrigue - and, at times, charm - to have inspired this reviewer to read, and reread, and reread yet again." matrix