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Poetry Indigenous

Electricity Slides

by (author) John Brady McDonald

Bookland Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2021
Indigenous, Native American, Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
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Electricity Slides describes a disjointed, somewhat dystopian, slightly connected series of events, written in the Dadaist "cut-up" style of the 1950s. The book first started out as a series of performance art monologues written and performed live for a multidisciplinary exhibition put on by the Indigenous Peoples Artists Collective every year in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The stories alternate between a third-person narrative and the first-person narrative of the protagonist, who goes without a name throughout the book, but whom we discover is a military officer who has suffered an emotional breakdown during a battle and as a result speaks in a lyrical, poem-prose manner. Throughout the book, the reader is taken through a psychotropic funhouse-like journey, like a dream, where vignettes are connected only slightly, but keep the reader moving.

About the author

John McDonald is a Neyhiyaw/Metis multidisciplinary artist and author from Treaty Six Territory in Northern Saskatchewan. A sixth-generation direct descendant of Nehiyawak Chief Mistawasis, John is one of the founding members of the P.A. Lowbrow art movement and is the Vice President of the Indigenous Peoples Artists Collective. John has studied at the prestigious University of Cambridge in England where, in July 2000, he made international headlines by symbolically 'discovering' and 'claiming' England for the First Peoples of the Americas. John is also an acclaimed public speaker, who has presented in venues across the globe. John has been honoured with several grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

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