Smooth Horizon of the Verb Love

By Nicole Brossard b. 1943 Nicole Brossard
an urban image from the eighties
when we hung out at Chez Madam Arthur
and at the back of the room
women wrapped their arms around
nights of ink and dawn
calendar of murmurs
vague caresses about the planet and its water
we could have confused words
but there were doors open
confetti in the midst of darkness
gentle ways
to swoon in a corner with she who
put her tongue in my mouth
focus on yes, on the woman’s
caress not silence not word
focus beyond. Hold me back

Nicole Brossard, "Smooth Horizon of the Verb Love" from Selections. Copyright © 2010 by Nicole Brossard.  Reprinted by permission of University of California Press.

Source: Selections (University of California Press, 2010)

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Poet Nicole Brossard b. 1943


Subjects Living, Coming of Age, The Body, Relationships, Friends & Enemies, Activities, Eating & Drinking, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Social Commentaries, Cities & Urban Life, Love, Desire

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Quebecois avant-garde poet, novelist, and essayist Nicole Brossard was born in Montreal, Canada, and educated at the Collège Marguerite Bourgeoys and the Université de Montréal. 

Brossard’s work explores feminism, desire, and their connection to the structure and flexibility of language. Believer reviewer Kate Zambreno has praised Brossard’s “lyrical descriptions of lesbian desire coupled with a continued meditation on language. . . .

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