John Giorno, Meet Montréal

In French. We can’t let John Giorno go home without introducing him to some of our best French-language poets. It’s also an opportunity to revive the intensity of those evenings where poets put their texts and voices — but also their silences, fears, hesitations and shamelessness — to music. The poets we’re expecting are all superb writers, winners of dozens of awards. But mainly they’re completely at home on stage (they’ve been taking the plunge for years). With Louise Dupré, Élise Turcotte, François Charron, Jean-Marc Desgent, Jean-Paul Daoust and Geneviève Letarte.

Of course, if we want this encounter to come off, we need musicians. The alert kind. The ones who know it’s not about adding a bit of colour to the words, it’s about connecting with the energy, the rhythm and the breath. In this department, we’ll be “en Cadillac” as they say, with Bernard Falaise, Michel F Côté and Fred Boudreault. They’re old friends of the FVA and we never get tired of listening to them. The host for the evening will be Zen poet José Acquelin. John Giorno will also read, and then hear French versions of his work delivered by local poets.

Never been to a poetry night? Or if you have, were you disappointed? A word of advice. Don’t miss this one.