The Night Will Be Insistent : Selected Poems, 1987-2002
Series: (Essential Poets Series, 143) | Author: Denise Desautels; Translated by Daniel Sloate | ISBN: 155071239X : 9781550712391 | Format: Paperback | Size: 125 x 205mm | Pages: 97 | Weight: .126 Kg. | Published: Guernica Editions – December 2006 | Availability: In Print | Subjects: Works by individual poets: from c1900-
The writings of Denise Desautels
have circulated in Quebec and Europe for some thirty years or so. She is considered to be one of the most talented poets in Quebec, often taking inspiration from the visual arts which she has a gift for seeing in words. As her translator, I was very conscious of this aspect of her work, and when various choices arose in the course of the translation process, I almost always opted for the most pictorial or the most visual element possible. ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ as the saying goes, but the picture, once created, can give rise in the poet’s mind to metaphors and ‘word art’ that allow us to see the same picture in a totally new and profound way. Denise Desautels has performed this feat of poetic legerdemain brilliantly in The Night Will be Insistent.” — Daniel Sloate.
(*1945 in Montreal, Canada) has since 1975 published more than 30 books of poetry and prose poetry as well as five radio plays. She has been a member of the Académie des lettres du Québec since 1995 as well as a member of the organisation committee of the international authors convention in Quebec. Her literary oeuvre is like archaeology of the intimate. She sets herself off on the search for language that evolves from its everyday usage and makes it possible to reach other people through its innate, intimate nature. She has regularly co-operated with numerous other authors and performing artists, among them Michel Goulet, M´artha Townsend and Betty Goodwin. Publications include: “Comme miroirs en feuilles” (1975), “En état d`urgence” (1982), “La Répétition” (1986), “Leçons de Venise” (1991), “Le Saut de l`ange” (1992), “Tombeau de Lou” (2000), “Pendant la mort” (2002), “Une solitude exemplaire” (2004), “Ce désir toujours” (2005). Awards include: the Journal de Montréal poetry prize (1990), the Governor General`s Award (1993), the Médaille Échelon Vermeil de la ville de Paris (1999), the Prix de la Société des ecrivains canadiens (2001)
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