Nicole Brossard

une espérance de vie et de silence
parfois c’est paisible pieta
paupière attentive à l’air libre
au relief de nos destins sertis
d’angst  de smiles et de Dasein

un oui de dévoration
qui structure
la frayeur et l’impasse

Ici dans l’abstraction
nœuds de joie mèche vaillante
on dit chaos main tendue
gantée de chiffres et d’échos

soudain nous sommes
en état de plein silence
hors l’immensité
sans responsabilité

page 2 recommence

page 3 la gravité

ciel imprenable rues désertes
la ville
en une seule génération
débranchée de ses graffiti
et Fender Stratocaster

page 4
notre espèce,

page 4

au-delà je ne vois que toi
dans ton voyage de l’écrit
un peu d’encre sur ton front
des siècles de représentation mentale
de petites traces ici et là
la littérature tel un Lascaux universel
d’espèce en sa permanence d’azur
et comble d’intuition quantique

page 5        

bien sûr, je vais m’exprimer
toucher la nuit vous verrez
ce sera

souffrir n’est pas toujours
facile à archiver
au milieu des sens
verbes en allés nus vibrer dans les miroirs
et les écrans
je l’avoue il faut prénom et personnage
élan intime, une fin
de jour et de phrase ;


Translated from the French by Chris Tysh

Half-title page
a life and silence expectancy
sometimes it’s a serene pietà
eyelid attentive to the open air
to the relief of our fates crimped
with  angst smiles and Dasein

a devouring yes
which structures
fright and impasse

Here in the abstract
knots of joy a valiant wick
one says chaos an outstretched hand
gloved in numbers and echoes

suddenly we are
in a state of full silence
beyond immensity
without responsibility

page 2 start over

page 3 gravitas

impregnable sky desert streets
the city
within a single generation
unplugged from its graffiti
and the Fender Stratocaster

page 4
our species,

page 4

beyond I see no one but you
in your voyage of the written
a touch of ink on your forehead
centuries of mental representation
faint traces here and there
literature like a universal species’ Lascaux
in its azure permanence
and height of quantum intuition

page 5

for sure, I’ll express myself
touch the night you will see
it will be

suffering is not always
easy to archive
amidst senses
verbs on the go nude flutter in the mirrors
and screens
I confess one needs first name and character
an intimate surge, an end
to the day and phrase;

Nicole Brossard, born in Montréal in 1943 is a poet, novelist and essayist. Twice awarded the Governor General Award, she has published more than 35 books including Mauve Desert, The Aerial Letter, Notebook of Roses and Civilization. Many of her books have been translated into various languages. In 2019 the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry awarded her the Lifetime Recognition Award. Her most recent books in English are Avant Desire, A Nicole Brossard Reader (Coach House Books, 2020) and Distantly (Omnidawn, 2022). In 2022, she received the prestigious Prix Gilles-Corbeil, also for a lifetime recognition.

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