Settler Education

Settler Education


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"A tone-perfect elegiac meditation on the impossibility of engaging with painful history and the necessity of doing so." – Margaret Atwood, Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for Poetry

In the stunning poems of Settler Education, Laurie D. Graham vividly explores the Plains Cree uprising at Frog Lake -- the death of nine settlers, the hanging of six Cree warriors, the imprisonment of Big Bear, and the opening of the Prairies to unfettered settlement. In ways possible only with such an honest act of imagination, and with language at once terse and capacious, Settler Education reckons with how these pasts repeat and reconstitute themselves in the present.

Publisher: [Toronto, Ont.] : McClelland & Stewart, 2016
ISBN: 9780771036873
Characteristics: 119 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm


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Jul 08, 2016

the path to Poundmaker's bones [...] / This land he prayed his people wouldn't starve on. There's a song. The wind inspects. The air flattens. The line separating his bones and the sky is false. There's a looping everywhere.

Jul 08, 2016

There are four things you will not learn in school. The name of the people. The name of the treaty. The name of the nearest reserve. The name of the closest school. This is where you are from.


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Jul 08, 2016

Impressions. Historical documents and photos. Contemporary experience. Landscape. Empathy. Information. Poetry is a good vehicle for exploring the complexities of indigenous / settler relations, past and present.

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