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North End Love Songs

by Katherena Vermette

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list price: $15.95
edition:Paperback
category: Poetry
published: Mar 2012
ISBN:9781897289761
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For Katherena Vermette, Winnipeg's North End is a neighbourhood of colourful birds, stately elms, and always wily rivers. It is where a brother's disappearance is trivialized by local media and police because he is young and aboriginal. It is also where young girls share secrets, movies, cigarettes, Big Gulps and stories of love&emdash;where a young mother full of both maternal trepidation and joy watches her small daughters as they play in the park.

"In North End Love Songs, Katherena Vermette uses spare language and brief, telling sketches to illuminate the aviary of a prairie neighbourhood. Vermette's love songs are unconventional and imminent, an examination and a celebration of family and community in all weathers, the beautiful as well as the less clement conditions. This collection is a very moving tribute, to the girls and the women, the boys and the men, and the loving trouble that has forever transpired between us." &endash; Joanne Arnott

"From a mixed-blood MĂ©tis woman with Mennonite roots, Kate weaves a story that winds its way through the north end (Nor-tend) of Winnipeg. It's a story of death, birth, survival, beauty and ugliness; through it all there are glimmers of hope, strength, and a will to survive whatever this city throws at you." &endash; Duncan Mercredi

Awards
  • Winner, Governer General's Literary Award for Poetry

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A worthy prize winner

This is an excellent companion to Vermette's novel, The Break. In fact, the first poem is very reminiscent of a scene in the novel. But, even without the novel, it's a wonderful collection. I particularly loved the section titled "November," which is a sad and beautiful tribute to a lost brother. Her poems dive into the hard truths of the neighborhood and the reality of being native in Canada.

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