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Erín Moure

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Erín Moure is one of Canada’s most respected poets, as well as a translator from French, Galician, Portuguese, and Spanish. She is the author of several books of poetry, including Kapusta (House of Anansi Press, 2015), The Unmemntioable (House of Anansi Press, 2012), and O Resplandor (House of Anansi Press, 2010). She is the recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the A. M. Klein Prize, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She lives in Montreal.

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SAUNA 89 (sweated by В. Шекспір)

1. And if you were to leave me for my faults
2. I'd not defend my lameness, walking halt
3. and from my trust I would elide your
4. name, I would not do you wrong and speak of you
5. and (love) I'd not look at our friends who say you do
6. not


Dignified is a heartsong here
Harsh traverse of the unknown

"Better to go down dignified"
Ekes out 

What gives in us, or won't give
(her smile seen once in the Red Café)

Turns sparkless
Into sparklers

One "s" less
One "r"