Major Verbs, The

By Pierre Nepveu
Translated by Donald Winkler

Major Verbs, The
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Pierre Nepveu is unique among French Quebec poets for having forged a voice at once unadorned, sensuous and adventurous. His new collection, The Major Verbs,is a masterwork consisting of three sequences: one focussing on an immigrant night cleaner glimpsed on a subway, another, ... Read more


Overview

Pierre Nepveu is unique among French Quebec poets for having forged a voice at once unadorned, sensuous and adventurous. His new collection, The Major Verbs,is a masterwork consisting of three sequences: one focussing on an immigrant night cleaner glimpsed on a subway, another, a riff on a group of stones on a table, and the third concerning the poet's parents and their deaths. The book closes with a long meditative poem written in the American southwest. The Major Verbs (under its original title, Les Verbes Majeur) was nominated for a Governor-General's Award for Poetry in 2010. Nepveu's poetry collection, Mirabel won the 2003 Governor General Award for its original French-language edition and the 2004Governor General Award for Translation (Judith Cowan,translator, Signal Editions).

Awards

  • Governor General's Award 2013, Winner

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