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Thursday August 14, 2014 in Books
Mohawk spoken-word artist Janet Marie Rogers’s newest collection pulses with the rhythms of the drum and the beat of the heart. Poems drawing on the language of the earth and inflected with the outspoken vocality of activism address the crises of modern “land wars” – environmental destruction, territorial disputes, and resource depletion. This collection is confessional love, learned survival, ardent resistance, and unique poetry that wants to be spoken (aloud). If poetry is medicine, Peace in Duress is a cabinet full.
ice water now the temperature of tea sustains until the next rez stop, re stop, re start life elevated in Utah, gawd hours honoured in Arizona tumbleweeds and raw earth, looks like open battle wounds gorges burnt earth sagebrush holy land hot souls long roads ash-fault bill-borders built on the backs of black hispanics descent warnings foreshadowing rocks falling sun blocked bright rays make way for end-of-day rain don’t drink the poison, don’t you dare sigh with boredom hot winds die pulling down cloud poetry faces, places, displaces, wide-open Red horses of courses
[from “3 Day Road”]
Watch the book trailer for Peace in Duress, in which Janet reads the poem, “Forever,” which is focused on the original Two Row Wampum agreement:
Listen to other poems from Peace in Duress on the Peace in Duress Facebook page.
ISBN 13: 9780889229112 | ISBN 10: 0889229112
5.25 W x 8.75 H inches | 128 pp pages
$16.95 CAN / $16.95 US
Backlist | Poetry
QUOTES OF NOTE
“ Peace in Duress is a statement on the nature of the Two-Row Wampum treaty agreement between the Haudenosaunee or Six Nations peoples and the Canadian State, as Rogers sees it. Rogers’ poems attest that the agreement does not fare well, that there are many troubles brewing under the surface, it is these things that she brings to light through her powerful words. … through her poetry and performances, people will begin to understand that ‘Peace’ with Indigenous Peoples of these lands was indeed wrought under duress. Read and revel in the poetry of Janet Rogers and you will see that she offers an idea that now is the time to renegotiate the terms for ‘Peace.’”
– Muskrat Magazine
“I have read so many poets (and artists’ manifestos) that basically baffle you with bullshit and word play and deliver no substance as you check yourself to see if you been robbed of something valuable, besides the time to read or endure it. But you will be rewarded by [Rogers’s] poetry … she will fill your pockets and your hearts with things you can use in everyday life and struggles.”
– Alex Jacobs, Indian Country Today Media Network
”There’s no place to hide in the poetry of Janet Rogers. For her, memory is a pen, a tool of vindication creating a new literature that breathes with nature and roars when it does. But nature in Peace in Duress is given by the land, and unnatural acts of history are to be countered in the poetic with a longing, chanting voice for word-medicine, justice, and reclamation beyond language. Rogers’s poetry marks the terrain with sounds braided in history and soars like the songs of a politically tuned cosmic map-maker who dares to delve into personal journey. Lyrically astute, faithful, and full of fire. Fierce and rightfully righteous! Rogers has written a Magna Carta for our times.”
– Lillian Allen
“Janet Rogers holds nothing back in her new book of poetry. If blood is to be exposed in this land, then her words will spill it. She unmasks issues people are too afraid to see. She tells it like it is and, with a true poetic voice, there is no need for apology.”
– Garry Gottfriedson
About the ContributorsJanet Rogers
Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in Ontario. She was born in Vancouver and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people in Victoria, British Columbia, since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken-word performance poetry, video poetry, recorded poetry with music, and script writing. From 2012 to 2014, Janet served as Poet Laureate of Victoria.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.