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Song of Eskasoni: More Poems of Rita Joe
by Rita Joe
These poems read like a mosaic of life seen through the lens of Rita Joe's eyes. Her attention to the energy of those who are living around and with her is startling.
Paperback, 90 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Women's Press
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Rita Joe writes with honesty, with feeling, andoften with anger bubbling beneath the surface. She is woman, she is Mi'kmaq-her life straddles between her aboriginal ancestry and the imposed dominant culture; her native spirituality resids deep inside her, while she also embraces Christianity. Hers is a world of contradictions - of hurt and healing, a holding onto the past and a looking forward to new beginnings for the future, especially for aboriginal youth. Her poems on the surface are decepti ...more
Rita Joe was born and spent her childhood on a Mi'kmaq Reserve at Whycocomagh on Cape Breton Island. She lived with foster families after her mother's death when she was just 5 years old. Orphaned when she was 10, Rita Joe left the island at the age of 12 to go to the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School on mainland Nova Scotia. Rita Joe later returned to Cape Breton to live on the Eskasoni Firs ...moreMore about Rita Joe...