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Rusty’s Reading List 2016 | September 28, 2016


One of the aspects of growing up in Victoria was that the iconography of Native art and culture (primarily Coast Salish) was everywhere… to the point that I tuned it out for the most part. I did not have any problem with native art, just that it didn’t resonate with me, personally. (It is possible that this is because what I was exposed to was the safe, sanctioned version or art and culture, but I don’t know.)

Recently, I have really been taken with native stories in the form of poetry. I don’t mean the myths and legends of the people, but the stories of individuals and what they see and experience. I read ‘Blue Marrow’, ‘Pemmican Eaters’ (which is written by Marilyn Dumont, a Metis), and recent things I read in the ‘North’ issue of ARC.

It is interesting as I read and recognize experiences that I never had or would neve rlive, in my white privileged upbringing.

Poetry can tell you things that a textbook cannot.


Books Read in 2016

The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula

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