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Planetary Noise Selected Poetry of Erin Moure by Erin Moure

Planetary Noise Selected Poetry of Erin Moure

Part of the Wesleyan Poetry Series Series


Planetary Noise Selected Poetry of Erin Moure by Erin Moure

Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erin Moure gathers four decades of poetry from a celebrated Canadian poet and translator who has persistently reconfigured the linguistic and material relations of English. Moure's poems and networked sequences are hybrid and often polylingual; they work with contradiction, paradox, and verbal detritus- linguistic hics and blips often too quickly dismissed as noise-to create new conditions for thought and pleasure. From postdramatic theatre to queer and feminist theory, from the politics of citizenship and genocide to the minutiae of digital poetics, from the clamor of love to the shadows of grief and memory, Moure has joyously toppled hierarchies of meaning and parasited dominant discourses to create poetry that crosses borders, embracing hope, not war. This volume, edited by poet and literary scholar Shannon Maguire, also features an extensive introduction to Moure's poetry, a section of poetry by others translated by Moure, and an afterword on translation by the poet. An online reader's companion is available at


Translations with real originals, ambient thoughts carved from air, design elements from art books, and slices of philosophy circulate in work created never to settle down, never to narrow to any one point. --Stephanie Burt New York Times Book Review (11/6/2017 12:00:00 AM) Openness, dissection, reconstruction, and the wringing out of language are key ... Moure's ongoing project of embracing the fallibility of language and, by extension, of poetry itself. --Klara du Plessis Montreal Review of Books (6/1/2017 12:00:00 AM) Drawing on four decades of writing by Canadian poet and translator Moure (Kapusta), this rare volume reveals and celebrates the trajectory of her mind ... From her early lean lyrics though recent genre-defying poems located at the intersections of archive, performance, and translation, Moure's abiding inquiries into the limits of subjectivity and language continually push into new formal, musical, and intellectual territory. --Klara du Plessis Publishers Weekly (4/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)

About the Author

ERIN MOURE is a Canadian poet and translator of poetry. Three-time finalist for the Griffin Prize, and winner of the Governor General's Award for poetry, her 18 books include the poetry of Furious, O Cidadan, Little Theatres, O Resplandor, The Unmemntioable, and Kapusta, and the essays of My Beloved Wager. She has translated or cotranslated 16 books of poetry, and holds two honorary doctorates, from Brandon University (Canada) and the University of Vigo (Spain). She first crossed the Canada-US border from Alberta in 1964 to eat a July 4th hot dog at a community picnic in Great Falls, Montana, and has been border crossing ever since. Moure lives in Montreal. SHANNON MAGUIRE is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. The author of two collections of poetry, fur(l) parachute and Myrmurs: An Exploded Sestina, she has been a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and the bpNichol Chapbook Award.

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Publication date

18th April 2017


Erin Moure

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Wesleyan University Press an imprint of University Press of New England


192 pages


Poetry by individual poets



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