Why 2018 Polaris Music Prize winner Jeremy Dutcher loved reading Billy-Ray Belcourt's This Wound Is A World
'It is rare I find myself so thoroughly represented in the pages of a book of poetry.'
Jeremy Dutcher's debut 2018 album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa melds modern-day pop and jazz sounds with ancestral Indigenous vocals from his Wolastoq community in New Brunswick.
On Sept. 17, the Toronto-based composer, pianist and classical trained tenor won the 2018 Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music. The $50,000 award is presented to the artist who creates the Canadian album of the year.
"Truly one of the most incisive writers I've ever read, he invites you into his world; so beautiful and unabashedly Indigenous.
"This collection of poems is rooted in the distinct perspectives that needs to be centred in this moment, that of queer Indigenous people and of two-spirit ways of knowing.
"Read this book and come closer to an understanding of those in between."
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