Monday, 12 December 2011

Strength, Struggle, Sing, Speaking True

Strength and Struggle: Perspectives From First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada

© 2011
by Rachel A. Mishenene, Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse, Joyce Atcheson, Nichola Batzel, Christi Belcourt, Chris Bose, Joseph Boyden, Gord Bruyere, Lisa Charleyboy, Cherie Dimaline, Elliott Doxtater-Wynn, Jason Eaglespeaker, Ronald Everett Green, Louise B. Halfe-Sky Dancer, Al Hunter, Lucie Idlout, Justice James Igloliorte, Xavier Kataquapit, Wab Kinew, Nadya Kwandibens, John Adrian Mcdonald, Deborah Mcgregor, Nadia Mclaren, Sharron Proulx-Turner, Darryl Sainnawap, Forrest Rain Shapwaykeesic, Justice Murray Sinclair, Niigonwedom James Sinclair, Maurice Switzer, Richard Van Camp, Richard Wagamese, Kai Zyganiuk

Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada is part of McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s iLit Collection of supplementary student resources for high school English courses. This title is a 149-page, soft-cover book that includes a rich array of short stories, poetry, music lyrics, graphic art, articles, essays, and other pieces that will have students laughing, crying, talking, and thinking. It is a true celebration of First Nations, Inuit and Métis writing and art. This resource is designed to be appropriate for a grade 10 or 11 reader.

Editor and poet Allison Hedge Coke assembles this multilingual collection of Indigenous American poetry, joining voices old and new in songs of witness and reclamation. 
"Many of the poems in this ambitious collection remind us why we read poetry at all—to be returned to the elemental, to relish the beauty of repetition and variation, and to hear the cries of singular voices, here marginalized because of their native culture but also because of the daring announcement of their individuality. "
— Billy Collins
in scope, Sing gathers more than eighty poets from across the Americas, covering territory that stretches from Alaska to Chile, and features familiar names like Sherwin Bitsui, Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, Lee Maracle, and Simon Ortiz alongside international poets—both emerging and acclaimed—from regions underrepresented in anthologies.

They write from disparate zones and parallel experience, from lands of mounded earthwork long-since paved, from lands of ancient ball courts and the first great cities on the continents, from places of cold, from places of volcanic loam, from zones of erased history and ongoing armed conflict, where “postcolonial” is not an academic concept but a lived reality. As befits a volume of such geographical inclusivity, many poems here appear in multiple languages, translated by fellow poets and writers like Juan Felipe Herrera and Cristina Eisenberg.

Hedge Coke’s thematic organization of the poems gives them an added resonance and continuity, and readers will appreciate the story of the genesis of this project related in Hedge Coke’s deeply felt introduction, which details her experiences as an invited performer at several international poetry festivals. Sing is a journey compelled by the exploration of kinship and the desire for songs that open “pathways of return.”


W'daub Awae: Speaking True
By Author/edited by: Warren Cariou

A Kegedonce Anthology brings together some of Canada's strongest and best loved voices on the aboriginal writing scene.  It includes new writing by: Gregory Scofield, Richard Van Camp, Marilyn Dumont, Al Hunter, Joanne Arnott, Daniel Heath Justice and all your other favourite Kegedonce Press authors. Introduced and edited by the well-respected Warren Cariou, this anthology will become a classic in no time.

This anthology is a celebration of those extraordinary successes that Kegedonce has had since 1993, and of the pivotal role it has played in the recent history of Canada's Aboriginal literature. But for me, W'daub Awae is equally a pointer toward the future, a sign of the incredible diversity and vividness and powerful language that we can look forward to from Kegedonce in the years to come. Each piece represented here is only one small part of the extraordinary work that all of these writers will continue to produce in the future. (excerpt from Warren Cariou's intro to the collection)

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction together
from the source: Kegedonce Press

Thanks to Al Hunter for providing the links to the first two anthologies featured above.

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