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Planetary Noise
Selected Poetry of Erín Moure
Erín Moure; Shannon Maguire, ed.

Wesleyan Poetry Series

2017 • 208 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - Women Authors

$19.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7695-8
$55.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7694-1

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“Translations with real originals, ambient thoughts carved from air, design elements from art books, and slices of philosophy circulate in work created never to settle down, never to narrow to any one point.”—Stephanie Burt, New York Times Book Review

An extraordinary retrospective spanning forty years

Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erín Moure gathers four decades of poetry from a celebrated Canadian poet and translator who has persistently reconfigured the linguistic and material relations of English. Moure’s poems and networked sequences are hybrid and often polylingual; they work with contradiction, paradox, and verbal detritus— linguistic hics and blips often too quickly dismissed as noise—to create new conditions for thought and pleasure. From postdramatic theatre to queer and feminist theory, from the politics of citizenship and genocide to the minutiae of digital poetics, from the clamor of love to the shadows of grief and memory, Moure has joyously toppled hierarchies of meaning and parasited dominant discourses to create poetry that crosses borders, embracing hope, not war. This volume, edited by poet and literary scholar Shannon Maguire, also features an extensive introduction to Moure’s poetry, a section of poetry by others translated by Moure, and an afterword on translation by the poet. An online reader’s companion is available at

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Openness, dissection, reconstruction, and the wringing out of language are key … Moure’s ongoing project of embracing the fallibility of language and, by extension, of poetry itself.”—Klara du Plessis, Montreal Review of Books

“Drawing on four decades of writing by Canadian poet and translator Moure (Kapusta), this rare volume reveals and celebrates the trajectory of her mind … From her early lean lyrics though recent genre-defying poems located at the intersections of archive, performance, and translation, Moure’s abiding inquiries into the limits of subjectivity and language continually push into new formal, musical, and intellectual territory.”Publishers Weekly

“Across more than three decades Erín Moure’s writing has stunned readers with its singular originality. Planetary Noise, with its through-line of cinematic 'takes' and joyful metabolic force, constructs an illuminating Selected of Moure’s work that above all addresses the poem, its body and spirit, its heteronyms, idioms, and beats. In matchless diction of multiple languages, in startling dissonant yet concordant harmonies, this volume offers exemplary experience of how Moure’s poetry invents audio and visual gestures that question the normative, the legible. With passion and tenderness, Moure frames and reframes context and text, the ‘scratch, planet’ sounds you hear, see, and feel. This poetry’s emotional intelligence is all in the encounter. Superbly edited and with an introduction by Shannon Maguire.” —Norma Cole, author of Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988-2008

“Erín Moure is one of the most important Canadian poets in English today. Through her politically engaged exploration of language/subjectivity/nation she has made an essential contribution to contemporary North American poetry. This crucial, border-crossing, genre-bending, poly-vocal volume presents a wonderful sampling of her work, bringing it across the border, and making her substantial accomplishment available in a form that confirms both the variations and continuities of her oeuvre.” —Lisa Sewell, author of Impossible Object

“Erín Moure is unafraid. Luminously intelligent, polylingual, often hilarious, sensually precise, and unfailingly generous, her poems are forms of life. She uses her entire being as an ear that continuously translates the material particularities of language to energetic vibration. In these pages the reader will resonate to the gauze of light and sound unrolling in irregular bursts, the lived history of female embodiment, the euphoric transformations of desire, an ethics of language as chosen empathy.” —Lisa Robertson, Cinema of the Present

From the Book:

From Empire York Street (1979)

february: turn toward spring

sunday, & the clutter
of words black noise
that typewriter makes

outside. even the chirp
of sparrows has thawed, october
was the last i heard
of birds, & the songs.

two windows shattered
when wet bank of snow shifted
hard against them.
nothing in this place
is strong

between double panes, dead
insects. wasp, wire-legged
spider, beetle, luminous flies
all on their shoulders in dusty

when the true thaw begins,
& the equinox they will awake,
struggle for air.
flip again onto damaged legs to devour
dirt from the ledge, patch crackt
glass w/ mucous & wait

then, as i sleep,
sparrow songs tight in my fists,
the insects will return, trek
w/ wings wet & folded
into my jaw; hooked legs
scarring my cheek
like a highway but not
that strong

& in the morning, spring, &
the fights, will have started

ERÍN MOURE is a Canadian poet and translator of poetry. Three-time finalist for the Griffin Prize, and winner of the Governor General’s Award for poetry, her 18 books include the poetry of Furious, O Cidadán, Little Theatres, O Resplandor, The Unmemntioable, and Kapusta, and the essays of My Beloved Wager. She has translated or cotranslated 16 books of poetry, and holds two honorary doctorates, from Brandon University (Canada) and the University of Vigo (Spain). She first crossed the Canada-US border from Alberta in 1964 to eat a July 4th hot dog at a community picnic in Great Falls, Montana, and has been border crossing ever since. Moure lives in Montreal. SHANNON MAGUIRE is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. The author of two collections of poetry, fur(l) parachute and Myrmurs: An Exploded Sestina, she has been a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and the bpNichol Chapbook Award.

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