Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Reader's Diary #1874- Chief R. Stacey Laforme: Living in the Tall Grass

The poems in Chief R. Stacey Laforme's Living in the Tall Grass: Poems of Reconciliation are more traditional than the ones I've been reading lately but that didn't bother me in the least. The rhyming poems I wasn't always able to get to scan well for me, unable to grasp onto the intended rhythm, but I enjoyed the others.

I think what I appreciated the most was the range of emotions and perspectives in this collection. Many are upbeat and positive while others take dark turns. Some have humour, some have sadness. Some raise some very important and topical political opinions. Largely, as the subtitle would suggest, these deal with the mistreatment of indigenous people in Canada, especially exploring some of the ramifications of residential schooling, but the topics are not exclusive to this.

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