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Confrontation and avoidance

New books by Katherena Vermette, Jenna Lyn Albert, and Julie Bruck combine the personal and the political


River woman

Katherena Vermette House of Anansi Press

Bec & Call

Jenna Lyn Albert Nightwood Editions

How to Avoid Huge Ships

Julie Bruck Brick Books

KATHERENA VERMETTE PREFACES the opening section in her second collection of poetry with an epigraph from Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” This may seem like a counterintuitive choice for the poems that follow, until one remembers that Elvis was repeatedly castigated for appropriating the music and styles of other cultures to turn a profit. This sort of cultural theft – by white Europeans at the expense of a racialized minority – is very much on the poet’s mind in river woman.

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