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, minimalist traces of language cling to a series of mapped
channels. Every channel is a tenuous archive of choreographed
gestures recorded by the poet from the edges of dance stages.
Here, spaces hold words and words hold movement. A book
marked by inexhaustible passages, this exquisite English language
translation of Québécoise poet Chantal Neveu's
fourth book invites the reader to collaborate in the making of
both texts and spaces. Here, Coït
refers not only to coitus but to
the act of moving in unison. Conceptual and intimate, Coït
consensual experiment that exceeds the form of the book.
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Praise for Coït:
For the dancer to equal the dance is to restate the Aristotelean I = I. Chantal Neveu belies this blind equation by literalizing the pas de plus that both comprises and compromises the nothing and everything that makes us move. Transcribed from rehearsal talk – though there is no other kind – Coït is, like the bodies it casts, at once familiar, at once a surprise.
– Vanessa Place
This is that rare book of poetry that makes you want to give it to everyone you know, because it affirms that precise relation, that knowledge, as embodied, contingent on distance, ephemeral - an electrifying site of potentiality. Dear Chantal Neveu: thank you for returning us to our gestures, to the edges of our bodies, of language, our given prosceniums, ducts. Dear Angela Carr: thank you for affirming, via translation, a book that is so uncommonly generous . . . that affirms (like translation) the world with the world.
– Christian Hawkey
Chantal Neveu is a writer and an interdisciplinary artist.
She is the author of the books Une Spectaculaire influence
(2010) and mentale
(2008). Interdisciplinary textual projects
followed by Èdres | Dehors
(2005) and Je suis venue faire l'amour
, is her first collection to be translated into
English. She lives in Montreal.
Poet and translator Angel a Carr is the author of two poetry
collections, most recently The Rose Concordance
several chapbooks, including Risk Accretions
October 2012 | Poetry
6x8 inches | 96 pages
Trade Paper: 9781927040393