SH:LAM (The Doctor)

By Joseph A. Dandurand

SH:LAM (The Doctor)
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Shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, 2020

In this volume of poetry, Joseph A Dandurand lives the experiences of an Aboriginal people brought to the edge of extinction.

From the Author's Note:

"The poems in this collection tell the truth of what has happened to my ... Read more


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Shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, 2020

In this volume of poetry, Joseph A Dandurand lives the experiences of an Aboriginal people brought to the edge of extinction.

From the Author's Note:

"The poems in this collection tell the truth of what has happened to my people. The Kwantlen people used to number in the thousands, but 80% of our people were wiped out by smallpox and now there are only 200 of us. ..I believe the gift of words was given to me so I can tell our stories. ..The poems gathered here tell the tale of a Kwantlen man who has been given the gift of healing but also is a heroin addict living on the east side.

"This is a book of hope, loss, and redemption for all the poor souls who find themselves on the street and lost from where they truly come. "

These poems tell the story of a Kwantlen man who has been given the gift of healing but is also is a heroin addict.

Joseph A. Dandurand

Joseph A. Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River east of Vancouver. He resides there with his three children, Danessa, Marlysse and Jace. Joseph is Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Centre, received a diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. He is currently the storyteller-in-residence of the Vancouver Public Library. He has published twelve books of poetry, the most recent being I Want (Leaf Press), Hear and Foretell, The Rumour (BookLand Press) and Sh:lam (The Doctor) (Mawenzi House).

Reviews

"These are powerful visionary parables of suffering, redemption and retribution. .." --The Toronto Star

"Dandurand's collection is a must for readers of Indigenous literature, settler colonial studies, Anthropocene literature, diverse futurisms, or just good poetry. SH:LAM is intense but immensely satisfying. " --World Literature Today

"[Dandurand] does not yield to grief, but dedicates him- self to remembering and acknowledging joy and suffering; to creating new stories for old characters; to inventing histories, traditions and communities. " --Wasafiri

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