Katherena Vermette thinks you should read these four poets
Katherena Vermette's debut novel The Break was a contender for the Canada Reads 2017 title, but the writer's roots are in poetry. Vermette won the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry for her first book North End Love Songs. Below, are four poets she recommends reading.
I like this list but I would also add some poetry, like <a href="https://twitter.com/GwenBenaway">@GwenBenaway</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/RoDeerchild">@RoDeerchild</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/dumont_marilyn">@dumont_marilyn</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/gregoryscofield">@gregoryscofield</a> for starters.. <a href="https://t.co/QMDnFr9slP">https://t.co/QMDnFr9slP</a>—@katherenav
In her sophomore poetry collection Passage, Métis poet Gwen Benaway journeys to Northern Ontario and across the Great Lakes, seeking connections to her ancestral lands and waterways. Passage is Benaway's first collection published as a transgender woman and explores the intersections between gender, race and history. The collection was edited by Vermette, who told Benaway, "this is all about a return to the water, a return to the land, which for you is a return to that feminine force in yourself. It's you coming over to your feminine side."
Gregory Scofield is the author of seven acclaimed poetry collections. For his body of work, Scofield won the $25,000 Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize, which is given to an accomplished mid-career poet. His latest book is Witness, I Am, an emotionally vibrant, determined meditation on missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Rosanna Deerchild is the host of CBC Radio's Unreserved. Her most recent poetry collection Calling Down the Sky describes her mother's survival in the residential school system and the inter-generational impact of those dark experiences. The book was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, administered by the League of Canadian Poets. Deerchild's first book, this is a small northern town, won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry.
Marilyn Dumont has authored several award-winning poetry collections, including A Really Good Brown Girl, winner of the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Green Girl Dreams Mountains, winner of the 2001 Stephan G. Stephansson Award. Her latest The Pemmican Eaters was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.