Language Matters: Interviews with 22 Quebec Poets by Carolyn SouaidLanguage Matters: Interviews with 22 Quebec Poets by Carolyn Souaid

Language Matters: Interviews with 22 Quebec Poets

EditorCarolyn Souaid, Endre Farkas

Paperback | September 1, 2013

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May you live in interesting times. So goes the ancient Chinese curse. In Quebec, we are always living in ?nteresting?times. Where else in Canada, perhaps even the world, do you have an official language police that patrols the highways and byways of the province looking for missing accents, illegal apostrophes and on/off switches in the wrong language? Where else in Canada do you have to make sure that sign size matters? Is it 30% bigger or smaller than the other? Where else in Canada do you reflect on how to say hello to someone before you actually do?And what about Quebec? English-language poets, who write in the dominant language of North America, but are the linguistic minority in a francophone culture?a minority within a minority? How do they, living in the birthplace of Canadian poetry that gave rise to A.M. Klein F.R Scott, Louis Dudek, Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen, view themselves and their art that is already largely marginalized? Is writing in English in Quebec a political act? An act of survival? An act of defiance? An act of futility? An act of celebration?Launched in 2009 on St-Jean Baptiste Day, Poetry Quebec was an online magazine dedicated to showcasing the English-language poets and poetry of ?a belle province.?Its founding editors and publishers ?poets themselves ?came from very different backgrounds but shared the desire to make sure that the English-language poetry of Quebec got the attention it deserved.In this book, some of the best and most innovative English-language poets of Canada ?rising stars and award-winning authors ?reflect on these and other questions of politics and poetics. Culled from the website and expanded for this publication, those interviewed include Erin Moure and Stephanie Bolster (winners, Governor General? Award); GG nominee David McGimpsey; Trillium Prize nominee Mary di Michele; Susan Gillis and Gabe Foreman (winners, A.M. Klein Poetry Prize), Carolyn Marie Souaid and Endre Farkas (winners, Zebra International Poetry Film Festival, Berlin); performance poets Catherine Kidd, Moe Clark and Kaie Kellough; and Rhodes scholar Mark Abley?all contemplating the work they do against the backdrop of this interesting place and time.
Carolyn Marie Souaid is the Montreal-based author of six books, including Swimming into the Light which won the David McKeen Award in 1996. Her work has been featured on CBC Radio and has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the A.M. Klein Prize and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She has toured her work across Canada, in ...
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Title:Language Matters: Interviews with 22 Quebec PoetsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:September 1, 2013Publisher:Signature EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927426197

ISBN - 13:9781927426197

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