Totem Poles and Railroads

By Janet Rogers

Totem Poles and Railroads
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Totem Poles and Railroads succinctly defines the 500-year-old relationship between Indigenous nations and the corporation of Canada. In this, her fifth poetry collection, Janet Rogers' expands on that definition with a playful, culturally powerful and, at times, experimental ... Read more


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Totem Poles and Railroads succinctly defines the 500-year-old relationship between Indigenous nations and the corporation of Canada. In this, her fifth poetry collection, Janet Rogers' expands on that definition with a playful, culturally powerful and, at times, experimental voice. She pays honour to her poetic characters--real and imagined, historical and present day--from Sacajawea to Nina Simone. Placing poetry at the centre of our current post-residential school/present-day reconciliation reality, Rogers' poems are expansive and intimate, challenging, thought-provoking and always personal.

Janet Rogers

Janet Rogers is an award-winning First Nations Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations of the Grand River currently living on the traditional territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt peoples on Vancouver Island. BC. Her works have been nominated in the category Best Spoken Word Recording at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and the Native American Music Awards. She has hosted the radio programs Native Waves Radio on CFUV and Tribal Clefs on CBC Radio One Victoria. She produced the radio documentaries Bring Your Drum: 50 Years of Indigenous Protest Music and Resonating Reconciliation which received awards for Best Radio at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. From January 2012 to November 2014, she was City of Victoria Poet Laureate. In 2015, she was named writer in residence for the University of Northern British Columbia. Between Spirit and Emotion is her sixth published poetry book.

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These new poems by Janet Rogers are a straight shot metaphysical call to action in the wake of historical trauma, police violence, shameful treatment of our body Earth. They stand as urgent witness, clear talk in the face of colonized law built on lies. Rogers reminds us to pay attention, to listen. These words can heal. - Joy Harjo, Mvskoke Nation, poet and musician To give Rogers' poems a form, a body, I would have to name them blackbird, formidable winged creatures who've chosen the highest branch and whose eyes allow us the vision we so often cannot see ourselves. I'm honoured to be called into this ceremony, sung awake by her prayers. Praise for Totem Poles and Railroads - Gregory Scotfield, author of Witness, I amJanet Rogers doesn't pull any punches. All of the stinging and difficult realities of colonialism are confronted head-on and with ferocity. Rogers is here to disrupt these white landscapes. Rogers is here to call out all of the bullshit both past and present. Totem Poles and Railroads is burning to be read. - Jordan Abel, Nisga's Nation, author of Injun

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