Re-Matriation Chapbook Series of Indigenous Poetry #9
Susan Deer Cloud, Editor
From the Introduction by Susan Deer Cloud:
Giveaway Poems makes a stand against those who tear apart the sacred web of life, not by brash confrontation but by patient affirmation of Earth, Sky, and all vivid existence. This book is beautifully, womanly and indigenously relational, and many of Em's poems address and honor others. Prepare to be gifted to.
From the book:
Coming into Power
The Horses arrive at dusk on a November evening,
whinnying and pawing the ground below my second story
window. This is Hawley Street and the landlord doesn't allow
animals. I would tell them to go back where they came from,
but the road to memory is buried beneath mountains
of paper illusions and what I really wish to say is: take me
with you. Carry me along ridges of red earth
until our bodies blend, and I believe it's possible
to re-paint history with a brush rendered
from the hair in your mane. The Gray Mare
looks up. Perhaps she has heard my unspoken
longing. She tosses her head into the breeze, motions
towards the moon cratered as her spotted back,
and at last I ask: Take me with you? She stamps, once, as if to say
I have been waiting, yes, we'll go whenever you are ready.
About the author:
Poet. Artist. Lover of the Living Earth. em jollie celebrates all genres of creative expression. In addition to writing poetry she is developing several prose pieces. Many of her hours are dedicated to gardening, crafting, making visual art, and playing traditional wood flutes.
em was raised in the Woods on the Land currently considered to be the Northeast U.S., in a tiny Western Massachusetts town. Her journey has taken her in many Circles that just recently brought her back to this area.
em jollie identifies as a Full Blood Breed … since a very young age she has drawn inspiration from her Native roots: Mi'kmaq (matrilineally), Anishinaabe/Pocumtuc (patrilineally), and a smattering of other ancestors, including Acadian French, Scot, and German heritage.
She obtained a B.A., Cum Laude, in Multicultural Education and English Literature from Smith College. She is currently working on her Masters of Social Work. You are welcome to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
em sees her work as an amalgamation of protest & prayer; in gentle rage & sure-footed love she seeks to address the collective injustices of a world rife with colonial conquests … and full of devastating Beauty … of Beauty … & Beauty.
About the cover artist:
Alan Syliboy was born and raised on the Millbrook First Nations Reservations in Nova Scotia, and like many others of his generation he grew up believing that First Nations artwork was generic … or what you saw on television and other mass media sources. As a youth, feeling unsure of his talents and his identity, he found painting painful and difficult. It wasn't until he met and studied privately with renowned Maliseet artist, Shirley Bear, that he found his confidence and began to take his own path. He eventually found great inspiration in the petroglyphs of his ancestors that have been discovered in ancient rocks all over the Maritimes. This spiritual connection has become the driving force of his artwork over the past forty years.
Giveaway Poems is a 40 page hand-stitched chapbook. $10.00
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