Translated from French by Howard Scott
Assi Manifesto is a celebration of the Innu land in the tradition of Joséphine Bacon. This telluric power is reminiscent of Paul Chamberland's Terre Québec. Natasha Kanapé's challenge is to name her land, but also to reconcile opposites.
In this collection of poetry, the author engages with the environment, colonialism, anxiety, anger, healing, solitude, and love. "Assi" in Innu means Land. Assi Manifesto is primarily a land of women. If the manifesto is a public space, Assi is a forum of life, a song for those who open their spirit to its mystery.
About the authors
Howard Scott translates poetry, fiction and non-fiction, often with co-translator Phyllis Aronoff, including works by Madeleine Gagnon, Kim Doré and Madeleine Monette, as well as numerous scholarly works in the humanities. He has also published translations of poetry by Madeleine Gagnon, Michel Pleau and Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, and science fiction by Élisabeth Vonarburg. In 1997, he won the Governor General’s Literary Award for English translation for The Euguelion, by Louky Bersianik. He is a past president of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada.
"Fontaine's profound, complex poetics combined with her cultural perspective make Assi Manifesto a timely and timeless collection." --World Literature Today
"The poems are a call to the historical pre-invasion calm of North America, for respect as equals against the default culture that partitions her people into the past. The battles in the poems are mythical, symbolic, and large in this manifesto for national and personal pride." --The Montreal Review of Books
"[The author] already has an important place amongst those who designate this world the borders of the intimate and the giant." --La Presse
Other titles by Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Other titles by Howard Scott
An All-Star Look at Canada's Paralympians
Breathe, Baby, Breathe!
Neonatal Intensive Care, Prematurity, and Complicated Pregnancies
Blueberries and Apricots
Descent into Night
The Blue Shirts
Adrien Arcand and Fascist Anti-Semitism in Canada
Social Myths and Collective Imaginaries
Anarchy of Light
The Montreal Canadiens
Rethinking a Legend