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The red files

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    This debut poetry collection from Lisa Bird-Wilson reflects on the legacy of the residential school system: the fragmentation of families and histories, with blows that resonate through the generations. Inspired by family and archival sources, Bird-Wilson assembles scraps of a history torn apart by colonial violence. The collection takes its name from the federal government's complex organizational structure of residential schools archives, which are divided into "black files" and "red files." In vignettes as clear as glass beads, her poems offer affection to generations of children whose presence within the historic record is ghostlike, anonymous and ephemeral.

    Original Publisher: Gibsons, BC, Nightwood Editions
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9780889713161, 0889713162
    Collection(s)/Series: Saskatchewan Book Awards 2017