The Islands is a voyage through images of islands and water and an exploration of memory, ritual, grief and childhood. It is an important collection in the work of the seminal feminist Québécoise poet Louise Cotnoir, a writer who helped redefine how a strongly gendered language can be turned to feminist poetry.
While French poetry, and Québécoise poetry in particular, is known for being abstract and philosophical, Cotnoir's poetry is specific and sensual. Her rich poetic voice pulls the reader into her poems. When Cotnoir writes of grief, the reader does not merely read of grief, but experiences it. This is an arresting collection, deftly translated into English for the first time.
'Chubby sonnets' hilarious, brilliant (Jonathan Bell, Winnipeg Free Press, 10/22/2011).
"The Islands brims with ornate, visceral imagery."
Other Titles by Oana Avasilichioaei
We, Beasts (2012)
feria: a poempark (2008)
The Islands Excerpt.pdf
Read an excerpt of The Islands by Louise Cotnoir and translated by Oana Avasilichioaei.