We, Beasts

By (author) Oana Avasilichioaei
Categories: Poetry
Publisher: Wolsak & Wynn
Paperback : 9781894987622, 126 pages, March 2011


Winner of the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry from the Quebec Writers' Federation

With undeniable verve, Oana Avasilichioaei upends expectations of literature and poetry in this fascinating collection. We, Beasts is a fairy tale; a book within a book; a collection of verse; a mediation on language, real and imagined and a sly social commentary all in one.


"The wilderness we are returned to here is the one formed by language on the edge of wildernesses long gone?the liminal space of fairy and folk tale, where we stare back at the animals we try to deceive ourselves we no longer are. Voice drifts into voice, language into and out of language." - Jacket2

"Her incantatory 'songs' and the insertion of a chapbook of 'spelles' give a feel of ancient power to the often medieval imagery." - Winnipeg Free Press