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Reclamation songs

Returning to her ancestral roots provided Shannon Webb-Campbell with poetic inspiration

When Shannon Webb-Campbell was growing up, she’d ask for stamps as Christmas presents. “I wrote thousands of letters. I found I could express myself better [that way].” Webb- Campbell’s second collection of poems, Who Took My Sister (Book*hug), incorporates letters addressed to the literary figures who inspired her, including Thomas King and Jordan Abel. Each letter explores the theory and practice of decolonization. “We should not be solely defined by our trauma”, Webb-Campbell says of her rationale in constructing the book, “without voicing what happens after trauma.”

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