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NDN coping mechanisms : notes from the field

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    2019
    Summary:

    In the follow-up to his Griffin Poetry Prize-winning collection, This Wound is a World, Billy-Ray Belcourt aims more of an anthropological eye at the contours of NDN and queer social worlds to spot the much that is left unsaid when we look only to the mainstream media. In this genre-bending work, Belcourt employs poetry, poetics, prose, and textual art to illuminate the rogue possibility bubbling up everywhere NDNs are. Part One examines the rhythms of everyday life, which include the terrible beauty of the reserve, the afterlives of history, and the grammar of anal sex. Part Two experiments with form and practice, putting to use, for example, a mode of documentary poetics that unearths the logics that make and unmake texts like Treaty 8. NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field emerges out of a form of auto/ethnographic sensibility that is at turns campy and playful, jarring and candid, displaying, once again, the writer's extraordinary craft, guile, audacity, and the sheer dexterity of his imagination.

    Contents:
    • A country is how men hunt
    • NDN brothers
    • The terrible beauty of the Reserve
    • A lover's discourse
    • What to an NDN is the intrinsic goodness of mankind?
    • The wall clock caught fire from neglect
    • I become less of who I am by the second
    • Cree girl bloews up the Necropolis of Ottawa
    • At the mercy of the sky
    • A romance of the present
    • I douche while Kesha's "Praying" plays from my iPhone on repeat
    • Leonardo DiCaprio
    • Duplex (the future's a fist)
    • Canadian horror story
    • Regarding death, I turn to the photon
    • Canadian sonnet
    • NDN homo sonnet
    • Treaty 8
    • Ars poetica
    • Flesh
    • Melancholy's forms
    • Hypotheses
    • Desire made waste out of time
    • Red utopia
    • Notes from the field
    • Fragments ending with a requiem
    • I believe I exist.
    Subject(s): Cree | Indigenous peoples
    Original Publisher: Toronto, Anansi
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9781487005771, 9781487005795, 1487005776, 1487005792
    Collection(s)/Series: Canada Reads 2020 | Anti-Racist Resources