Herménégilde Chiasson likes to describe himslef as a visual artist, but he is also active in literature, cinema and theater. Since the end of the 70s, he has mostly dedicated himself to art.
He approaches various arts through his observant gaze, as was already evident in his first collection of poems, Mourir à Scoudouc, published in 1974, but also in his subsequent work. To Live and Die in Scoudouc (Icehouse Poetry, 2018) was translated by Jo-Anne Elder.
He describes scenes of daily life in Existences (1991) and Miniature (1995), for which he received the Terrasses Saint-Sulpice poetry prize. In Conversations (1998) and Actions (2000), his poems are condensed into a single sentence or two, while they stretch out and verge on satyre in Climats (1996). He also plays with lyricism in Vous (1991) and in Béatitudes (2007), respectively rewarded with the France-Acadie and Champlain prizes. He writes mostly in a prose form that is close to narrative while remaining poetic, as in Légendes (2000), or approaches the essay, as in Pour une culture de l’injure (1999), and he is also occasionally inspired by his own past, such as in Brunante (2000), winner of the Éloizes prize.
(Photo by: Rachelle Bergeron)