Geneviève Letarte
 

Geneviève Letarte

Geneviève Letarte is a Montreal writer, translator and performance artist. The author of four novels, amongst them Souvent la nuit tu te réveilles (L’Hexagone, 2002) and Les Vertiges Molino (Leméac, 1996), she has also published a book of poetry entitled Tout bas très fort (Écrits des Forges, 2004). A member of the editorial board of the Montreal literary magazine l'Inconvénient, where she regularly contributes articles and essays, she has also collaborated with various literary magazines in Québec, France and the United States. She has produced three recordings of her songs : Âmes soûles (2007), Chansons d’un jour (2000) and Vous seriez un ange (1990), found on the Ambiances Magnétiques label. She is known for her performances combining poetry, music and song, such as Poèmes en pyjama (Festival Voix d’Amériques, 2011), Dans la voix de quelqu’un (Studio de la Place des arts, Montreal, 2004) and Le Mystère du bois Blanc (Théâtre La Chapelle, Montreal, 2000). Geneviève Letarte has been nominated twice for the Governor General’s Awards for her translations of Mavis Gallant’s works : Le Week-end en Bourgogne (Les Allusifs, 2010) and Rencontres fortuites (Les Allusifs, 2009). She has been welcomed as a writer in residency at Yaddo, the Banff Center and the Quebec Studio in Paris. She has participated in many cultural events in Quebec, Canada, France, Mexico and Cuba.



L’AMIE

Ma blonde amie écrit la nuit
À l’ombre des feuillages
Dans les draps de son lit
Elle fuit
Les discours obligés
Les gestes empruntés
L’urgence de l’hôpital

Un jour
Quand elle sera très vieille
Elle se tiendra au bord de la porte
Avec ses lunettes noires
De diva fatiguée
Et ses paroles vaudront de l’or

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