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Trailer Park Shakes

by (author) Justene Dion-Glowa

Brick Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Indigenous, Canadian, Death
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2023 Indigenous Voices Awards Shortlist

The poems in Trailer Park Shakes are direct and vernacular, rooted in community — a working-class Métis voice rarely heard from.

These poems, while dreamlike and playful, bear unflinching witness to the workings of injustice — how violence is channeled through institutions and refracted intimately between people, becoming intertwined with the full range of human experience, including care and love. Trailer Park Shakes is a book that seems to want to hold everything — an entire cross-section of lived experience — written by a poet whose courage, attention, and capacity to trace contradiction inspire trust in her words' embrace. Dion-Glowa's poems are quietly philosophical, with a heartfelt, self-possessed politic.

"Dion-Glowa's voice crackles with frank, startling insight." — Sachiko Murakami, author of Render

"A collection that should and will rattle your cage and shine a light where it is needed." — John Brady McDonald, author of Kitotam

About the author

Justene Dion-Glowa is a queer Métis creative, beadworker and poet born in Win-Nipi (Winnipeg) and has been residing in Secwepemcú'lecw since 2014. They are a Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity alumni. They have been working in the human services field for nearly a decade. Their microchap, TEETH, is available from Ghost City Press. Trailer Park Shakes is their first full length poetry book.

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Editorial Reviews

"These poems ring out from a dusty landscape snagged by thistle and thorn, wandering in and out of food banks, prisons, queer daydreams and the harsh realities of hard living, in one nice dress. Dion-Glowa's voice crackles with frank, startling insight, swims through dream-like metaphors, is always charged with the healing power of testimony. A moving and unforgettable first collection." — Sachiko Murakami, author of Render

"As I read this work, I was taken back, time and again, to those days when I was a young street poet who had so much to say at a time where it felt like no one was listening. There are many times when sentiment needs to be expressed in the most bold and unapologetic way it can, and the brashness and frank delivery found in this work is the hallmark of a collection that should and will rattle your cage and shine a light where it is needed. These are not exploitative poems, nor are they the Victim Impact Statement of a wounded spirit. This collection is the chronicle of an eyewitness to reality, without compromise." — John Brady McDonald, Nehiyawak-Metis poet and artist, author of Kitotam

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