A collection of fascinating stories of unpredictable people, the lives they lead, and their need to be rid of the baggage they carry. It's overviews, under-views, moments in time, with twists and turns, depicted in rhyme. THE BOOK OF STORY RHYMES is a short story collection with fabricated human-interest tales about diverse, colorful adult characters with complicated backgrounds. Some of these story rhymes have hints of humor, many have interesting summations. This Story Rhymes book has fast-paced, rhyming stories with twists to blow all expectations.
language I'll say yes from the top of my rib cage language will you come out and unearth the salt the certitude
Between the verbs quivering and streaming, White Piano unfolds its variations like musical scores. A play of resonance between pronouns and persons, freely percussive between prose and poetry, and narrating a constellation of questions, White Piano offers readers a 'language that cultivates its own craters of fire and savoir-vie.'
'At once achingly aware of mortality and hell-bound in its determination to press forward, change, and grow, White Piano is as brave as it is linguistically rich.'
– Quill & Quire
'[Brossard] writes with a poetic intensity that burns select lines and sometimes entire paragraphs into the reader's mind.'
– Montreal Gazette
Shortlisted for the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize
Shortlisted for the 2007 Governor General's Award for Translation
The heat of summer on an earlobe, a parking meter, the shadow of crabs and pigeons under a cherry tree, an olive, a shoulder blade in the poems of Nicole Brossard these concrete, quotidian things move languorously through the senses to find a place beyond language. Taken together, they create an audacious new architecture of meaning.
Nicole Brossard, one of the world’s foremost literary innovators, is known for her experiments with language and her groundbreaking treatment of desire and gender. This dextrous translation by the award-winning poets and translators Erin Moure and Robert Majzels brings into English, with great verve and sensitivity, Brossard’s remarkable syntax and sensuality.
‘[Brossard’s] use of elliptical formulations and syntactical hijackings creates tensions between the image and the statement that result in a style that is unmistakably hers.’
– La Presse
‘A new work by Brossard is an event – Yesterday, at the Hotel Clarendon is not merely experimental. It’s radical.’
– The Globe and Mail
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