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Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson

Poems for Pauline Johnson

by Joan Crate

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list price: $14.00
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category: Poetry
published: Jan 1991
ISBN:9780919626430
publisher: Brick Books
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In powerful language that reflects the conflicts between the primitive and the sophisticated, Joan Crate redreams the passions which animated and tormented her famous predecessor. Part white, part Mohawk princess, Pauline Johnson /Tekahionwake would perform her poems first in buckskin, then, after the intermission, in silk. - See more at: http://www.brickbooks.ca/?page_id=3&bookid=100#sthash.lzwXlpTh.dpuf

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Joan Crate was born in Yellowknife, North­west Territories, and was brought up with pride in her Indigenous heritage. She taught literature and creative writing at Red Deer College, Alberta, for over 20 years. Her first book of poetry, Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson, has become a classic. Her first novel, Breathing Water, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award (Canada) and the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1989. She is a recipient of the Bliss Carman Award for Poetry and her last book of poetry, SubUrban Legends, was awarded Book of the Year by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. She lives with her family in Calgary.
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"Crate's gift is the way she can bring difficult or painful history to light without diminishing the dignity of her subject ... "--Tanis MacDonald, Prairie Fire Review of Books

" ... A first rate collection of poems ... It's difficult to describe the intense feeling of loneliness that permeates this book, the nearest comparison I could draw is to Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping..."--Norm Sacuta, Edmonton Journal

" ... Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's foray into pioneer Susanna Moodie's psyche and circumstance ... perfectly capture [Pauline Johnson]'s situation and the stimulus of her art."--Lee Briscoe Thompson, Canadian Literature

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Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson

Pauline Johnson could be credited as Canada’s first “performance poet”; she toured under the name “The Mohawk Princess” and dressed in skins and furs when she recited her poems. Daughter of a white Quaker mother, she referred to herself as “half-blood.” Some accused Johnson of selling out and mis-telling legends she learned from Chief Joe Capilano. Crate writes in the voice of Pauline Johnson. The book takes its title from a line in a poem that sees young Pauline and her sister Eva playing dress-up: “In a closet under the stairwell: We curl our hair and dust talcum powder / over cheeks and eyelids, / turn pale as real ladies.” The poems may be read as a biography of Johnson or for the beauty of their imagery and language. They lend themselves to dramatic reading.

Caution: These poems address problematic representations of First Nations people.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

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