Entre Rive and Shore


“I used to think this was a book about a disguise, but now I know that it’s a book about translation.”

According to Cormier family lore, Pierrot Cormier escaped a British prison the night before the Acadian Deportation by disguising himself in a dress. In the invigorating, transliterative Entre Rive and Shore, Dominique Bernier-Cormier uses his ancestor’s escape to ponder what it means to live between two languages. Writing in a blend of English and French that evokes Chiac, “a living thing, growing gills, a voice from the future, prophetic and clear,” Bernier-Cormier probes the mutability of language and of translation.

A heady mix of English renderings of a single French poem, a Franco-fusion mélange of reflections on Acadian history and identity, and meditations on the evolution of language and the rapper Young Thug, Entre Rive and Shore exhibits “an eloquence we aren’t attuned to.” The result is protean, an exhilarating collection that reassesses what it means to live between two identities, two worlds, two languages.


Dominique Bernier-Cormier

Dominique Bernier-Cormier is a Québécois/Acadian poet, translator, and teacher. He is the author of Entre Rive and Shore and Correspondent. Correspondent was longlisted for the Raymond Souster Award and an excerpt was featured on public transit across British Columbia as part of the Poetry in Transit program. Bernier-Cormier’s poetry has also won the Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, the Montreal International Poetry Prize, and Arc’s Poem of the Year Award. He lives in Vancouver, where he writes and teaches in both French and English.
Chapter Contributors Pages Year Price
The Source refers to the family lore of the author, Dominique Bernier-Cormier’s family whose ancestor, Pierrot Cormier, escaped the Acadian deportation by disguising himself as a woman and offers …
3 $0.30
Contains: A Future Dont On Se Souvient Déjà
23 $2.30
Contains: Hybrid/e – Fossé | Rift – Self-Portrait as Sainte Bernadette de Lourdes – On Young Thug, Mumble Rap, and the Future of Language
13 $1.30
Contains: Rive | Shore – Self-Portrait as the Watercolourist Walter Anderson – Hybrid/e – Eclipse | Erasure – LIGO – Self-Portrait as Pythia, the Oracle at Delphi …
20 $2.00
Contains: Lines – Rive | Shore – Hybrid/e
7 $0.70
Contains: Self-Portrait as the Bilingual Spy Mata Hari – Costume | Disguise – Fugitif Chic
20 $2.00
Contains: Tissu | Fabric – Self-Portrait as Pierrot Cormier
5 $0.50