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Climates

by Herménégilde Chiasson
translated by Jo-Anne Elder & Fred Cogswell

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canadian
list price: $16.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
category: Poetry
published: 1999
ISBN:9780864922748
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Climates is suffused with the single-minded desire to fully inhabit, and be inhabited by, a place: Acadie. The political push-and-pull of being Acadian is a constant, even when the mutability of personal life is in the foreground. The four sections of Climates each correspond to a season, and each is marked by unity of tone, atmosphere, and form.

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Editorial Review

"Climates possesses a haunting and sustained clarity that meshes vividly with the writer's superb linguistic authority and structural virtuosity (reminiscent of the work of David Jones in its commanding prose passages, the gruesome lyricality of Hubert Aquin)... The volume's quartet of entries succeeds beautifully, tracking the emotional impoverishment and universal loneliness accompanying the perceived numbness of contemporary life."

— <i>Globe and Mail</i>
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About the Authors

Herménégilde Chiasson

Herménégilde Chiasson is a poet, playwright, artist, filmmaker, and statesman. His book of poems Conversations (Editions d'Acadie, 1998) won the Governor General's Literary Award in 1999. From 2003 to 2009, he was Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick.
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Jo-Anne Elder

Jo-Anne Elder is a writer, translator and editor whose articles on translation and women have been widely published. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Sherbrooke in comparative Canadian literature.

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Fred Cogswell

Fred Cogswell (d. 2004) was a poet, UNB professor, editor, translator, and mentor to many aspiring writers. A long-serving editor of The Fiddlehead and founder of Fiddlehead Poetry Books, he was the author of more than twenty books of verse. With Jo-Anne Elder, he translated Climats and Conversations by Herménégilde Chiasson and edited and translated Rêves inachevés / Unfinished Dreams (Goose Lane, 1990), an anthology of contemporary Acadian poets.
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