“This Could Be Anywhere” describes experiences of places, landscapes, and encounters that do not seem to respond to our natural and spontaneous interest in them. The poetry collection visits various places - Natashquan, Vietnam, Montreal - and seeks to bring out their common nature. We read the poems with the impression that this could be anywhere. Author Maude Smith Gagnon displays a lovely grasp of language through well-crafted narrative touches. In a spare, minimalist form she pays homage to the intensity of being. Bit by bit her words infuse memory and absence, welcoming the most seemingly insignificant events in the world as the beginning of great things.
Maude Smith Gagnon
Maude Smith Gagnon was born in Basse-Côte-Nord and now lives in Montreal. She received a Master of Arts degree in literary studies from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her first poetry collection, “Une tonne d’air,” was the winner of the Émile-Nelligan award and her second book, “Un drap. Une place.,” won the 2012 Governor General Literary Award for French-language poetry.
Howard Scott is a Montreal literary translator originally from Ontario. He completed an M.A. in translation at Concordia University. In 1997 he received the Governor General Translation Award for his translation of “The Euguelion” by Louky Bersianik. He has translated many books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, often in collaboration with Phyllis Aronoff. Howard Scott is a past president of the Literary Translators Association of Canada.
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