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The Gravel Lot that was Montana

by (author) D.A. Lockhart

Mansfield Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Canadian, General
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The Gravel Lot that was Montana is a collection of poems that acts as a meditation on migration and place through the viewpoint of a contemporary Lenape speaker. It explores the physical and emotional spaces of contemporary southern Three Fires Territory and contemporary Montana. There is a strong Indigenous aspect to the collection as the narrator uses the movement of the Apsaaalooke from the southern shores of Lake Erie to their contemporary home of southern Montana as mirror to the narrator's movement from the Windsor-Detroit area to western Montana. Individual pieces in the collection insert traditional Lenape worldview to the contemporary world as well as illustrate the experiences of an urban Indigenous person. Picks up and moves through familiar portions of early twenty-first century Turtle Island to discuss the manner in which we move upon the earth and relate to those that share it with us. As a whole the collection becomes a meditation on migration and movement and how those come to create identity as well as how one gains a foothold, emotionally, in a landscape that is not one's ancestral home.

About the author

D.A. Lockhart is the author of This City at the Crossroads (Black Moss Press 2017) and Big Medicine Comes to Erie (Black Moss Press 2016). He holds a MFA from Indiana University-Bloomington where he held a Neal Marshall fellowship in Creative Writing. He has received generous support for his work from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. He is a pukuwankoamimens of the Lenape nation and a member of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation. He currently resides in Waawiiyaatanong on the south shore of the Detroit River.

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