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Ndn Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field (Paperback)
Belcourt asks, what is our relationship to our country? What has it done for us? How do we give and take of our land and who is to say it's ours, anyway? This poetry collection is ethnography in verse, and it holds an incredible balance of beauty and ugly truth. I can't stop (re)reading it. [Christina] — From NDN Coping Mechanisms
In the follow-up to his Griffin Poetry Prize-winning collection, This Wound is a World, Billy-Ray Belcourt writes using the modes of accusation and interrogation. He aims an anthropological eye at the realities of everyday life to show how they house the violence that continues to reverberate from the long twentieth century. In a genre-bending constellation of poetry, photography, redaction, and poetics, Belcourt ultimately argues that if signifiers of Indigenous suffering are everywhere, so too is evidence of Indigenous peoples' rogue possibility, their utopian drive.
In NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field, the poet takes on the political demands of queerness, mainstream portrayals of Indigenous life, love and its discontents, and the limits and uses of poetry as a vehicle for Indigenous liberation. In the process, Belcourt once again demonstrates his extraordinary craft, guile, and audacity, and the sheer dexterity of his imagination.