news | Wednesday March 1, 2023
The longer days of spring are just around the corner and with them come new poetry collections. The CBC has curated a list of poetry titles to watch out for this coming season and we are delighted to see four of the upcoming Talonbooks titles, Spells, Wishes, and the Talking Dead: ᒪᒪᐦᑖᐃᐧᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᑯᓭᔨᒧᐤ ᓂᑭᐦᒋᐋᓂᐢᑯᑖᐹᐣ mamahtâwisiwin, pakosêyimow, nikihci-âniskotâpân, Song & Dread, Uiesh / Somewhere, and A Net of Momentary Sapphire on this list of exciting works!
Spells, Wishes, and the Talking Dead: ᒪᒪᐦᑖᐃᐧᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᑯᓭᔨᒧᐤ ᓂᑭᐦᒋᐋᓂᐢᑯᑖᐹᐣ mamahtâwisiwin, pakosêyimow, nikihci-âniskotâpân by Wanda John-Kehewin is a powerful collection weaving history, personal experience, and Indigenous resilience.
Song & Dread by Otoniya J. Okot Bitek observes the contradictory, symbiotic relationship between the quotidian and the extraordinary. These COVID meditations document the ways the strange can become normalized when there is no other option.
Uiesh / Somewhere by Joséphine Bacon and translated by Phyllis Aronoff is a vital bilingual poetry by Innu Elder Joséphine Bacon. This collection is made up of short poems that attend keenly to the details of their environments, both earthly and constructed.
A Net of Momentary Sapphire by R. Kolewe is an interrogation of the aftermath of twentieth-century modernism, offering three closely related poetic sequences, random rearrangements of a poignant but obsessively repeating source text –streams of consciousness in which no stable self can be elucidated.
Read the complete list of CBC’s spring poetry titles here.