Vigil Poems

By (author): Jean Royer

Translated by: Antonio D’Alfonso

This compilation of three of his books is a fine introduction to this emotional poet to English-speaking readers. Kindled by the death of his mother and his partner, Micheline LaFrance, Royer has set out to delve in poetic verse a world that seems to be fading away. References are made to writers that have influenced the poet, while he explores in short-lined verse about state of wakefulness for which death is responsible. There is also a sense of vigil, of watch, of alert in these precise and simple words. An elder speaks to the young. It is with honour that I will tackle the translation of these moving poems that form the latest work of one of the last of a generation of poets that have passed away in the last decade.

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Antonio D’Alfonso

Poet, novelist, essayist, translator, Antonio D’Alfonso has published more than 60 books and has made four feature films. For his writings, he won the Trillium Award, the Bressani Award, and the New York Independent Film Award. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and an Honorary Doctorate from Athabasca University. He lives in Montreal, QC.


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This compilation of three of his books is a fine introduction to this emotional poet to English-speaking readers. Kindled by the death of his mother and his partner, Micheline LaFrance, Royer has set out to delve in poetic verse a world that seems to be fading away. References are made to writers that have influenced the poet, while he explores in short-lined verse about state of wakefulness for which death is responsible. There is also a sense of vigil, of watch, of alert in these precise and simple words. An elder speaks to the young. It is with honour that I will tackle the translation of these moving poems that form the latest work of one of the last of a generation of poets that have passed away in the last decade.

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Dimensions:

128 Pages
8in * 5in * 0.3in
160gr

Published:

August 30, 2018

City of Publication:

Hamilton

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Guernica Editions

ISBN:

9781771833318

Book Subjects:

POETRY / Canadian

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Language:

eng

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