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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter addresses questions pertaining to how the concepts of “globalization,” “transnationalism,” and “planetarity” impact contemporary Canadian poetics. It focuses on the recent poetic practices of the poets Nicole Brossard (Notebook of Roses and Civilization, 2003, trans. 2007), Dionne Brand (Inventory, 2006), and Sina Queyras (Expressway, 2009). In particular, it focuses on tensions and theorizations of the lyric voice across these three poets’ works in order to analyze relationships between poetics and the contemporary world. The chapter argues that Canadian poetry is, today, potentially infinite, as lines of influence and poetic communities form themselves in distributed and networked fashions that may maintain an awareness of the nation-state without being constrained by it.

Keywords: planetarity, poetics, lyric voice, globalization, Dionne Brand, Nicole Brossard, Sina Queyras

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