25th Anniversary December Retrospective: that tongued belonging Featured

that tongued belonging by Marilyn Dumont

Winner of the 2007 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award and the 2007 Anskohk Aboriginal Poetry Book of the Year.

that tongued belonging by award-winning Métis poet Marilyn Dumont, is a poetry collection which searches for acceptance in language, culture, love, and geographical landscapes. These poems celebrate the humour and tenacity of Indigenous women, lament the death of a mother, deride the political correctness of those ignorant of Indigenous issues, recall the degradation of Indigenous women, and chide the writer against the seduction of pop stardom, while challenging accepted ideas of love, age and femininity.

“Marilyn Dumont articulates, touches and settles the nerve of Cree. The reader wanders through the patched quilt life of families, of communities, of relatives and of the Cree nation itself. Always, we are immersed in ancient Cree ways as expressed in the Cree-borrowed English. Brilliantly and lyrically presented we are forever reminded that Cree culture, Cree people have not been eradicated, quite the contrary. Through Dumont’s that tongued belonging we celebrate the renaissance, the transformation and the continuation of the poetics, being, and heroism of the Cree.”  —Lee Maracle, author, Bobbi Lee, Indian Rebel, and Will’s Garden.

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