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Poetry Native American

Indianland

by (author) Lesley Belleau

Publisher
ARP Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2017
Category
Native American, Canadian, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781894037921
    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
    List Price
    $18.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781927886021
    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
    List Price
    $12.99

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Description

Indianland is a rich and varied poetry collection. The poems are written from a female and Indigenous point of view and incorporate Anishinaabemowin throughout. Time is cyclical, moving from present day back to first contact and forward again. Themes of sexuality, birth, memory, and longing are explored, images of blood, plants (milkweed, yarrow, cattails), and petroglyphs reoccur, and touchstone issues in Indigenous politics are addressed = (Elijah Harper, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, forced sterilizations, Oka). Anishinaabemowin throughout. Time is cyclical, moving from present day back to first contact and forward again. Themes of sexuality, birth, memory, and longing are explored, images of blood, plants (milkweed, yarrow, cattails), and petroglyphs reoccur, and touchstone issues in Indigenous politics are addressed (Elijah Harper, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, forced sterilizations, Oka).

About the author

Born and raised in Garden River First Nations, located outside of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Lesley is an Ojibwe writer and spoken word performer. She has an M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. Lesley's fiction, poetry, and plays have been published in journals and anthologies in Canada and the US and she has performed her spoken word pieces at various events. An advocate for Indigenous arts, Lesley has hosted several poetry cabarets featuring Ojibwe hand-drumming and highlighting the work of local Indigenous performers. Lesley is a part-time university instructor and trustee at the Garden River Reserve Community Trust. She lives in Kingston, Ontario with her family.

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Editorial Reviews

Indianland is a woman who steps deeper, digs deeper concedes nothing of her being. - Waaseyaa'sin Christine Sy

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