Travel by metro with a poet

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The poems will be triggered by a terminal located in each of the metro stations.

One pass and back on the subway every day, often like robots, the head elsewhere. The poetry Festival of Montreal is partnering with the Société de transport de Montréal to transform this passage in a poetic experience. A new podcast, named Totemi, which can be downloaded on smart phones, offers users 18 unpublished poems associated with many metro stations of different lines-blue, orange and green.


“Coming out of the home or the office, the grocery store or his car and arriving in the street, for a few seconds, we don’t notice, at first, it seems that nothing happens, or at least nothing exceptional, nothing special. At first, nothing appears “, said the text of René Lapierre, read by Dany Boudreault. “A thousand meters under the ground, the night is reversed and becomes white satin “, he said again, in the second part of the poem. And finally, at the end of the poem, he offers : “A light flashes above a subway entrance and suddenly, without any reason, a happiness secret, an infinite peace will settle in you. “


It is in innu that Josephine Bacon speaks to us, in a poem accompanied by a translation into French. You put in the skin of an old hunter who returned to the site of his old camp. “Extended, you rest your tiredness. You will not regret not your life. Your childhood is not dead “, we bed Dominique Quesnel. Twelve poets have been put to work to write unique texts, which are read by actors, in a signed Magneto. There will be, therefore, the voice of Dany Boudreault, Catherine Chabot, Dominique Quesnel, saying of the texts of Josephine Bacon, Marjolaine Beauchamp, Jean-Marc Desgent, Toino Dumas, Ian Ferrier, René Gagnon, Flavia Garcia, René Lapierre, Laurance Ouellet Tremblay, Rodney Saint-Éloi, France Théoret, and Rosalie Trudel. Some poems are available in two distinct parts, with two separate terminals.


The podcasts are designed using a new technology. The poems are triggered by a terminal located in each of the metro stations. They will be available from 13 November to 15 December 2017.


For those who don’t take the subway, the poems designed for Totemi can be heard at the Salon du livre de Montréal.

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