The Elements by Erin MoureThe Elements by Erin Moure

The Elements

byErin Moure

Paperback | April 9, 2019

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The Elements is a family book, a thinker's biography in poetry, and a polylingual homage. Poems about and for Moure's late father - accepting his dementia as a real way of thinking "world" and "self" in a struggle against invasive powers - are braced alongside poems invoking the struggle of Galician peasants against the invasion of the armies of Napoleon. It is a book about tenderness, and about The Good, in the face of destructions. By celebrating our ability to think and to revolt, it defends the human pull toward happiness and sovereignty, toward life, toward living. "The infinitely transmissible," it says, "demands this polyvalent body."

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 Grif...
Title:The ElementsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:120 pages, 8.15 × 5.5 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.15 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 9, 2019Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1487003722

ISBN - 13:9781487003722


Read from the Book

The Accidents (Merlín) That day I went into the trees -Give me nothing My scope was interwoven birds sang their low cuckoo thing easily a wave Small insects rose up into the wave of Openly -Ábreme a luzporta! Swimming in mere air or sheer air not quite sure -Could about be Yet why put such words in a single monstrance? Open as those trees Our mermaid is its long branches trail out to a leaf or vein My mermaid is bark's integument so salutory to view Give me nothing Give me not this monstrance The elements For which I went today in morning my mouth black in the lightcup of the trees

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND THE ELEMENTS"Moure's wit and her eye for the beautiful infuse the poems . . . The collection is intensely rewarding, tender, and human as it attempts to name the unnameable, to bear the unbearable." - Canadian Notes & Queries"A formally exciting work." - Montreal Review of BooksPRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND FURIOUS:Winner, Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry"Her work sparks with passion, inventiveness, and more conceptual leaps than quantum physics." - Books in Canada"Moure manages an impressive range and balance. She is humorous, tender, sad, fanciful, and angry, and she writes with a freshness and energy that convince the reader: language does indeed have power." - Kingston Whig-Standard"Erín Moure stakes out new, exciting, precarious turf. Nothing can subvert an artist's impulse more subtly or drastically than adherence to a theoretical view of the work. Yet Moure is willing to take that risk, and in doing so has uncovered a new threshold and power in her writing." - Montreal GazettePRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND KAPUSTA:Finalist, A.M. Klein Prize for PoetryFinalist, Kobzar Literary Award"Kapusta is an alchemical cookbook of language, history, heartbreak, and wonder." - Natasha Chaykowski, Canadian Art"Kapusta continues Moure's exploration of the boundaries of language, form, and technique. The French deconstructionist [Jacques Derrida] would surely approve." - Quill & Quire"It's in the way Moure persistently weaves together philosophy and pop culture, YouTube and trauma, iPhones and ancestry, the 'real' and the 'replica,' that Kapusta is most daring. Again and again, disparate things and the ideas they symbolize get stitched together, reverberate dissonantly, and become uncanny." - Neil Surkan, The PuritanPRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND PLANETARY NOISE: SELECTED POETRY OF ERÍN MOURE:"Translations with real originals, ambient thoughts carved from air, design elements from art books, and slices from philosophy circulate in work created to never settle down, never to narrow to any one point." - Stephanie Burt, New York TimesPRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND ON SITTING SHIVA ON MINTO AVENUE, BY TOOTS:"In this intricately layered book, a cross-genre narrative encompassing memoir, biography, goodbye letter, and poetic socio-historic treatise stretching from Vancouver to Montreal, Erín Moure reminds us that memory transcends mortality, that in our rawest grief, love and reflection can offer the greatest shelters." - Cora Siré, Montreal Review of BooksPRAISE FOR ERÍN MOURE AND THE UNMEMNTIOABLE:Finalist, Kobzar Literary Award"A stunning book." - Winnipeg Free Press"The Unmemntioable has much of value to share on family, history, memory, and above all, experience." - Arc Poetry Magazine"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 JournalPRAISE 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