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ISBN:9781988732664
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let us not think of them as barbarians

by Peter Midgley

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list price: $18.95
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category: Poetry
published: Sep 2019
ISBN:9781988732664
publisher: NeWest Press
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Peter Midgley's let us not think of them as barbarians is a bold narrative of love, migration, and war hewn from the stones of Namibia. Sensual and intimate, these evocative poems fold into each other to renew and undermine multiple poetic traditions. Gradually, the poems assemble an ombindi--an ancestral cairn--from a history of violent disruption. Underlying the intense language is an exploration of African philosophy and its potential for changing our view of the world. Even as the poems look to the past, they push the reader towards a future that is as relevant to contemporary Canada as it is to the Namibian earth that bled them.

Awards
  • , Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry at the Alberta Literary Awards
  • Commended, Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada - Poetry Category
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Praise for let us not think of them as barbarians:
"These poems do double work: they challenge what we think we know about the relationship between history and the present and ask us to consider what else would be going on. The poems demand that we reflect on how we come to knowledge, especially that which is not hegemonic but is definitely central to another world."
~ Juliane Okot Bitek, author of 100 Days

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