Entre Ville

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Titre

Entre Ville

Créateur.ice

J. R. Carpenter

Résumé

SNIFFING FOR STORIES

This is our back alley. This is a walk we walk everyday. It's a long block. Five minutes from bottom to top. Six if you walk slowly. Seven if you walk as if intent on studying every scent. Eight-and-a-half years if you're sniffing for stories.
Entre Ville was commissioned in 2006 by OBORO, an artist-run centre in Montral, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal. Although I had lived in Montréal for 15 years at the time of the commission, Entre Ville was my first major work about my adopted city. It took me that long to learn the vocabulary. I don't mean French, or Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Yiddish or any of the other languages spoken in my neighborhood. I refer, rather, to a visual, tactile, aural, sensorial vocabulary. My home office window opens into a jumbled intimacy of back balconies, yards, gardens and alleyways. Daily my dog and I walk through this interior city sniffing out stories. Poetry is not hard to find between the long lines of peeling-paint fences plastered with notices, spray painted with bright abstractions and draped with trailing vines. Entre Ville is a web-based heat-wave poem presented in the vernacular of my neighborhood, where cooking smells, noisy neighbors and laundry lines crisscross the alleyway one sentence at a time.

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Principe d'organisation

Forme littéraire

Thématiques

Montréal
Ville
Habitation
Quotidien
Chien

Lieu de publication

Montréal, Québec

Date

2006

Rights

©J. R. Carpenter

Langue

Anglais