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Entre Rive and Shore

Entre Rive and Shore

According to Cormier family lore, Pierrot Cormier escaped a British prison the night before the Acadian Deportation by disguising himself in a dress. In the invigorating, transliterative Entre Rive and Shore, Dominique Bernier-Cormier uses his ancestor’s escape to ponder what it means to live between two languages.

Writing in a blend of English and French that evokes Chiac, “a living thing, growing gills, a voice from the future, prophetic and clear,” Bernier-Cormier probes the mutability of language and of translation.

A heady mix of English renderings of a single French poem, a Franco-fusion mélange of reflections on Acadian history and identity, and meditations on the evolution of language and the rapper Young Thug, Entre Rive and Shore exhibits “an eloquence we aren’t attuned to.”

The result is protean, an exhilarating collection that reassesses what it means to live between two identities, two worlds, two languages.

About the author

Dominique Bernier-Cormier

Dominique Bernier-Cormier is a Québécois/Acadian poet.

His first book, Correspondent, was longlisted for the Raymond Souster Award in 2019.

His second book, Entre Rive and Shore, is a multilingual work of poetry and translation that explores bilingualism and Acadian identity.

Bernier-Cormier’s work has won the Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem and has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award, the Montreal International Poetry Prize, Arc’s Poem of the Year Award, and CV2’s 2-Day Poem Contest.

He lives in Vancouver, where teaches at a Francophone high school.

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