Springtime of Spoken Words


Elm, maple, ash

My country carries the names of saints

Lévesque, Lapointe, Chamberland, Vigneault

We will give her the names of men

Maria, Eve, Rachel, Pascale

We will give her the first names of women

Here, for the first time in English, are the poems of Cécile Cloutier. The images are sharp, the metaphors suggestive, the poetry impressionistic and evocative of the poet’s Quebec past. Since 1964, Cécile Cloutier has taught French at the University of Toronto. These poems have been selected from seven of her collections and translated from the French by Alexandre L. Amprimoz who, as well as being a philologist, has published collections of poetry in both French and English.

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Cécile Cloutier

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Cécile Cloutier

Cécile Cloutier is a Québec-born poet. She studied literature at the University of Paris and holds a doctorate from the Sorbonne and a Masters in Philosophy from McMaster University. She has taught at the Universities of Ottawa, Laval, and Toronto. She has studied several languages ​​including Sanskrit , the Eskimo and Chinese.