We, Beasts

By Oana Avasilichioaei

We, Beasts
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Winner of the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry from the Quebec Writers' Federation

With undeniable verve, Oana Avasilichioaei upends expectations of literature and poetry in this fascinating collection. We, Beasts is a fairy tale; a book within a book; a collection of verse; a mediation ... Read more


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Winner of the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry from the Quebec Writers' Federation

With undeniable verve, Oana Avasilichioaei upends expectations of literature and poetry in this fascinating collection. We, Beasts is a fairy tale; a book within a book; a collection of verse; a mediation on language, real and imagined and a sly social commentary all in one.

Oana Avasilichioaei

Oana Avasilichioaei is a poet, translator, and sound artist based in Montreal. She has translated many books of poetry and prose from French and Romanian, including Bertrand Laverdure’s Readopolis (Book*hug 2017, Governor General Literary Award) and Catherine Lalonde’s The Faerie Devouring (Book*hug 2018, QWF’s Cole Foundation Prize for Translation).

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"The wilderness we are returned to here is the one formed by language on the edge of wildernesses long gone?the liminal space of fairy and folk tale, where we stare back at the animals we try to deceive ourselves we no longer are. Voice drifts into voice, language into and out of language. " - Jacket2

"Her incantatory 'songs' and the insertion of a chapbook of 'spelles' give a feel of ancient power to the often medieval imagery. " - Winnipeg Free Press

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