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Vigil Poems
Jean Royer and Antonio D'Alfonso (Translator)
Guernica Editions, Fall 2018
128 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771833318
ISBN10: 1771833319
Translated from the French
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

This compilation of selected poems from three of his books is an excellent introduction to Jean Royer the poet. Overwhelmed by the deaths of his mother and his partner, Micheline LaFrance, Royer captures in poetic verse an emotional and intellectual world rapidly fading away. Always present one reads a sense of vigilance, watchfulness, and alertness in his precise, simple yet troubling words.
You are singing and there is screaming / in memory's underground / garden / where the past and future / in the unknown language / of indeterminateness // you are singing and there is screaming / before the glow / the scream at birth / ebbing in whispers / till language awakens / in your presence -- From "Love is a Fragile Word"

Books by Jean Royer

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Books by Antonio D'Alfonso

Beyond The Flames Black Tongue Coming Here, Being Here: A Canadian Migration Anthology Dreaming Our Space Duologue: On Culture and Identity Fabrizio's Passion Farida Pasquale Verdicchio: Essays on His Works Queror Quêtes: Textes d'auteurs italo-québécois Tell Me What Moves You The Blueness of Light: Selected Poems: 1988-2002 The Clarity of Voices: Selected Poems 1974-1981 The Irrelevant Man The Last Woman: Selected Poems 1991-2001 The Man Who Delivers Clouds The Other Shore The Two-Headed Man: Collected Poems 1970-2020 Vigil Poems Voix off: Dix poètes anglophones du Québec