White Piano

White Piano

Nicole Brossard

Language: English

Pages: 96

ISBN: 1552452735

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"White Piano holds an acute sense of what poetry is, its danger. . . . Brossard knows well that 'life is only good for living' and that living is incarnated in the material of language, that sounds, those carriers of sense, can propel it in front of the world." – Le Devoir

Between the verbs quivering and streaming, White Piano unfolds its variations like musical scores. Pronouns and persons, poetry and prose: White Piano, superbly translated from the French, narrates a constellation of questions and offers a "language that cultivates its own craters of fire and savoir-vie."

Nicole Brossard is one of North America's foremost practitioners of innovative writing.

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living womb of women twenty years to transcribe paragraphs of eternity an intimacy of inkwash in the material of the present all is tide night haunted the t-shirt with a skull no one had worn it before you that evening mingled with perfume < it passed through the throat everyone had a name a little vibration recycled under the tongue while rain touched the present on Lido beach water entered the mouth burst of pure-blooded Lippizaners. Then at a gallop you bolted to

that chafes the depth of thoughts in the plupresent of fear and ecstasy in the simple present of our intelligent tissues anon a landscape that rises like an ancient beast flexible from throat to sex capable of flight and sudden plunges of inebriate blue the present wants the present up to the ears then pain marks who is present; in the distance, cicadas phrases unfurled 2ice without infinitive at the time of the best sketches of solitude versatile migrant pauses to talk no more

to speak in prose to speak dissipates the drownings of origin, you’ve seen there are rhinestones breezes too I was saying who camouflages what everyone wanted to enter consciousness to meddle in the tiniest atoms of frenzy on the brink of death everyone rolled their anguish auto marble dice voice the same voice in a loop to the end of love * here I started to think again of Venice, of ordinary scenes from Tiepolo, life of clay piano and wise songs of water amid touch

to speak in prose to speak dissipates the drownings of origin, you’ve seen there are rhinestones breezes too I was saying who camouflages what everyone wanted to enter consciousness to meddle in the tiniest atoms of frenzy on the brink of death everyone rolled their anguish auto marble dice voice the same voice in a loop to the end of love * here I started to think again of Venice, of ordinary scenes from Tiepolo, life of clay piano and wise songs of water amid touch

an eye of second person plural a notion with me fed by emotion by animal kingdom and by azul 4 now you watch out for the commas that erase and raise the night now when the time comes you caress a sheet of water and its logic of conflagration 5 I say what they say about not telling lies it’s infinitely risky, and we breathe 6 one hour before summer night had a body as in certain phrases at the edge of the universe 7 language I’ll say yes from the top of my rib

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