Kiskajeyi- I AM READY

By Michelle Sylliboy
By (photographer) Michelle Sylliboy

Kiskajeyi- I AM READY
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This hieroglyphic poetry book is the first of its kind. Aboriginal artist and writer, Michelle Sylliboy blends her poetry, photography, and Mi'kmaq (L'nuk) hieroglyphic poetry in this unprecedented book. Publication coincided with the 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages.


Overview

This hieroglyphic poetry book is the first of its kind. Aboriginal artist and writer, Michelle Sylliboy blends her poetry, photography, and Mi'kmaq (L'nuk) hieroglyphic poetry in this unprecedented book. Publication coincided with the 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages.

Michelle Sylliboy

Michelle Sylliboy, a Mi'kmaq (L'nuk) artist/author, was raised on unceded territory in We'koqmaq, Cape Breton. PhD Candidate, Michelle is working on her Philosophy of Education Doctorate Degree fieldwork where she will combine her artistic background and education by creating a L'nuk Komqwejwi'kasikl (Hieroglyphic) curriculum with L'nuk teachers and Elders in Cape Breton.

Michelle Sylliboy

Michelle Sylliboy, a Mi'kmaq (L'nuk) artist/author, was raised on unceded territory in We'koqmaq, Cape Breton. PhD Candidate, Michelle is working on her Philosophy of Education Doctorate Degree fieldwork where she will combine her artistic background and education by creating a L'nuk Komqwejwi'kasikl (Hieroglyphic) curriculum with L'nuk teachers and Elders in Cape Breton.

Excerpt

RESURGENT HOPEreconstructed monologuesseldom heard in publicdo not restrainbe heardfeel the strengthof Mother Earth'smagnetic anomaliesrenewing visionscarefully placed alongside our common goals of survivallisten to her drumbeats of collective sorrowsdrumbeats of healingsoft-petal collisionswe manage to upholdas a way of recognizinghow we needto behave in this world

Awards

  • Indigenous Voices Awards : category of Published Poetry (English) 2020, Winner

Reviews

Crystalline and fluid, the word art and visuals of Michelle emerges sharp, poignant and catalytic moving us between our world and the one surrounding us
--Lee Maracle, author of Celia's Song
--is a cultural basket filled with the poet's harvest in words, in ancient komqwej'wikasikl hieroglyphics and perfectly accented photographs
--Janet Rogers, author of As Long as the Sun Shines

"Crystalline and fluid, the word art and visuals of Michelle emerges sharp, poignant and catalytic moving us between our world and the one surrounding us, challenging us to continuously create visions of unspoken love that resides in the imagination of all of us. " -Lee Maracle (Sto:lo) author of Memory Serves, Celia's Song

"Michelle's poetry, the weaving of images and the hieroglyphs bring us tidal waves of energies from centuries past, like a wave crashing they are a much-needed call to each of us to remember our ancestors. A prayer in motion, this collection acknowledges the brokenness and beauty that exists within each of us. It will save lives. " -Jónína Kirton (Métis/Icelandic) author of An Honest Woman

"Michelle Sylliboy's I am Ready poetry collection is a cultural basket filled with the poet's harvest in words, in ancient Komqwej'wikasikl hieroglyphics and perfectly accented photographs. Michelle shows us there is poetry in frozen water drops attached precariously to vegetation. The graphic language symbols are offered as evidence of her survival and that of her people. We are treated to wise life lessons collected together in verse. I am Ready reflects a sentiment to be ready to return to self. Quite inspiring. " Janet Rogers (Mohawk/Tuscarora) author of As Long as the Sun Shines

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