Meridian Line by Paul Belanger , Translated by Judith Cowan
Finalist for QWF Translation Prize in 2011
For the last twenty years, Paul Bélanger’s poetry has been acclaimed for its emotionally charged vocabulary and philosophical elegance. In Meridian Line, the Québécois poet gives us a cartographer’s log of an inner landscape. Bélanger’s poems blend a deeply personal voice with fluid, open-ended lines that track the movement of consciousness against the backdrop of an elemental world: ”a dirt road / lost on a swath of grey sky.“ The result, thanks to Judith Cowan’s brilliant translation, is meditative, mysterious, and startling.
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