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I, Nadja, and Other Poems by Susan Elmslie

Finalist for McAuslan First Book Prize in 2006

Winner of The A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry in 2006

Nadja

Susan Elmslie’s lyrically powerful debut, I, Nadja, and Other Poems, is the story of how a flesh and blood woman with desires, dreams and daring was transformed into the sphinx of André Breton’s surrealist romance, Nadja. The real Nadja was, of course, so much more than just a symbol. Elmslie struggles against “the slenderness of forgetting” in these furious and captivating pages, and the narrative flows out from Nadja’s confessions and becomes the story of all kinds of mothers, daughters, friends, and heroines. This is a book of diminishment, fearlessness and celebration, poetry at its most truthful and intense.

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English

Poetry

2006

1-894078-53-5

Brick Books

London, Ontario

2006

143

softcover