North End Love Songs

North End Love Songs

Book - 2015
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"For Katherena Vermette, Winnipeg's North End is a neighbourhood of colourful birds, stately elms, and always wily rivers. It is where a brother's disappearance is trivialized by local media and police because he is young and aboriginal. It is also where young girls share secrets, movies, cigarettes, Big Gulps and stories of love&emdash;where a young mother full of both maternal trepidation and joy watches her small daughters as they play in the park." -- Publisher.
Publisher: Winnipeg : Muses' Company, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2012.
ISBN: 9781897289761
1897289766
Characteristics: 108 pages ;,22 cm.

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jade310
Jul 10, 2018

I couldn't put this book down and so I devoured it in an hour. Vermette knows how to paint a vivid picture with so few words, often through metaphors derived from nature. It's really moving how nonchalantly she talks about violence--physical, sexual and colonial, in particular. It somehow makes it more powerful and I'd be lying if I said I didn't cry more than once while reading these poems. Vermette's is an important voice.

susankent Feb 21, 2017

These poems contrast the enduring urban landscape and the fragility of the young women in Winnipeg's North End.

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obtusata
Feb 16, 2017

This is an excellent companion to Vermette's novel, The Break. In fact, the first poem is very reminiscent of a scene in the novel. But, even without the novel, it's a wonderful collection. I particularly loved the section titled "November," which is a sad and beautiful tribute to a lost brother. Her poems dive into the hard truths of the neighborhood and the reality of being native in Canada.

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abcDena
Oct 30, 2016

I loved this collection, because the poems together tell a singular story. These poems paint a bigger picture, the story Vermette tells of an alcoholic north-end Native boy, Wayne, who goes missing one Winter. Some poems describe the days of his disappearance, the finding of his body, and his wake. The collection is sprinkled with bittersweet snapshots of their shared childhood and neighbourhood, all told from the perspective of the missing boy's sister.

If you like First Nations authors and fiction, also check out Vermette's first novel, The Break.

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Jul 10, 2018

jade310 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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