O Cadoiro is an astonishing exploration of lyricism by one of our greatest poets, best known in recent years for her challenging experimental work. But where experimental poets often disdain lyric, Moure embraces it, revelling in its beauty and its radical modernity. Rooted in medieval Galician-Portuguese cantigas, her poems in O Cadoiro are a breathtaking passage through archive, rhythm, address, and the mystery and wound of authorship itself.

From the author’s postface: O cadoiro is, literally, the place where falling is made. In Galician, cadoiro is one word for waterfall. Cataract, perhaps. Thus, the fall. This to me is the place of poetry, for whoever writes poetry must be prepared, ever, to fall.

Download the author’s postface here: http://bit. ly/OCadoiro


  • Short-listed, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards 2008
  • Short-listed, A.M. Klein Poetry Prize 2007


Ever wise, ever playful, Erin Moure keeps shifting the ground beneath us in this soaring, multilingual work.

- A.M. Klein Award Jury Citation

O Cadoiro is a big-hearted experiment, a gift offered to those willing to open their hearts to its confused and confusing twists and turns.

- Edmonton Journal

The publication of a new collection by Moure is always a cause for celebration. ..O Cadoiro explores the curves and angles of lyrical experimentation.

- Globe and Mail

O Cadoiro is a study of how to write experimental poetry and. to do it exceptionally well. ..

- Scene Magazine

[Erin Moure is] one of the most critically lauded and successful Canadian 'language' poets. ..O Cadoiro contains enough intellectual intrigue - and, at times, charm - to have inspired this reviewer to read, and reread, and reread yet again.

- matrix