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Discovery Passages

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With breathtaking virtuosity, Garry Thomas Morse sets out to recover the appropriated, stolen and scattered world of his ancestral people from Alert Bay to Quadra Island to Vancouver, retracing Captain Vancouver’s original sailing route. These poems draw upon both written history and oral tradition to reflect all of the respective stories of the community, which vocally we ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Talonbooks (first published March 15th 2011)
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Actual rating: 2/5 stars

I liked some of the poems, and the ideas behind them are interesting. It was just hard to read at times and the form felt like it
followed the same
kind of pattern
for most
of the
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add much
to the overall

Maybe if I read a lot more poetry and learned more about it, I would appreciate this book more. But I struggled with this one and was not a fan of the
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Highly recommend reading Morse!
Very informative and direct about Kwakwaka'wakw history and white colonial mistreatment, assimilation, and appropriation of art and traditions. Connected to BC and to history and its stories. Employs a few different styles and is constantly interesting.
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I couldn't put this down! I loved this book of poems in a way that I haven't loved a new collection in a while. Morse writes of the appropriation, (theft), by European settlers of the Kwakwaka’wakw's land, language, and cultural objects. Drawing from a variety of primary source documents as inspiration for the verse, Morse continuously reminds the reader of how recently and completely First Nations people were displaced and unjustly subjected in British Columbia, Canada, and North America.
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