Founded in January 1992,
L'Oie de Cravan is a Montreal-based publishing house interested in poetry triggers of all
sorts. What does this mean? It means that we publish books that can't be reduce to a simple
category but all aim at trigering some inner mechanism; books that we don't always understand
but always admire. Books with a mystery, books with an edge that gives us goose bumps.
We publish books in French but also wordless books of insane visual poetry, books of
lyrics by people like mike watt and also stuff like a nineteenth-century home-made absinthe
recipe book. We care about things that are not spectacular, things that are almost invisible
and hard to explain but that we hope will burn in you for a long, long time.
What is an Oie de Cravan? Our name has something to do with poet and
boxer Arthur Cravan, with the amazing surrealist poet Louis Scutenaire, and even with
the artic goose of Canada! Our name smells good and looks good. You, too, could be like
our name — you just need to never ever buy one of our books. Because if you do, that's it,
you will be lost to this world. But what does this world know? Esthetics and statics
— you're more alive than that!
Self portrait as a stone goose (Las Pozas, Mexico)