François Guerrette
Translated by Antonio D'Alfonso

Weeping Will Not Save the Starspreviousnext Ekstasis Editions

Weeping Will Not Save the Stars resonates with a dark music. Tender and violent, prophetic and passionate, reflective and animated, the poetry of François Guerrette elevates the role of the poet to that of an oracle. With a singular lyricism, he ploughs a deep furrow into the ontological despair of modernity. Accessible without sacrificing complexity, Guerrette is restrained, eloquent and in perfect control of his material. Weeping Will Not Save the Stars is a critical and popular success in the original French, and Guerrette, a fine performer of his own work, often with jazz accompaniment, is among the most exciting new voices in poetry to emerge from Quebec.

Pleurer ne sauvera pas les étoiles is François Guerrette’s best work, the most masterful… In short, one must read, re-read, and follow François Guerrette. Of the promising, young writers, he belongs to the few we will speak of twenty years from now.’
~ Maxime Nadeau, Le Libraire

‘Here is a very powerful book, in every way, disturburing, corrosive… Be aware, and know we must have a sound heart to face the many salvos without pity, at times, in order to achieve a moving confession subtly accented by tenderness.’
~ Hughes Corriveau, Le Devoir

‘The voice progresses like an angry knife… A troubling request for mercy opens and closes the book… The structure is beyond reproach.’
~ Monique Déland, President of the Émile-Nelligan Award

Born in Rimouski, Quebec, in 1986, François Guerrette has published four poetry books. He was a finalist for the Emile-Nelligan Award and the Prix des Libraires du Québec. He lives in Montreal, dedicating his time to writing.

ISBN 978-1-77171-131-9
80 pages
5.5 x 8.5
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