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Talking to the Diaspora

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In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Lee Maracle has earned the reputation as one of Canada's most ardent and celebrated writers. Talking to the Diaspora, Maracle's second book of poetry, is at once personal and profound. From the revolutionary "Where Is that Odd Dandelion-Looking-Flower" to the tender poem "Salmon Dance," from the biting "Language" to ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 18th 2015 by Arbeiter Ring
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Leah Grantham
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is only one Lee Maracle. Her voice is so utterly unique, full of fire and beauty and tenderness, solid as an old cedar yet as soft and gentle as ocean mist mingling with fog. She is rooted. She is dedicated to place, to people, to spirits. There is maturity, there is youthful hope never lost. Her poetry transported me through space and time and brought out sensations in me I didn't even know still existed.
Now, Talking to the Diaspora is on my shelf of Indigenous women's poetry, which doub
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Shawn Birss
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
We, the non-indigenous occupants of Turtle Island, of Canada, are all parts of some diaspora.

This beautiful collection spans reminiscences of cultural touchstones such as MLK, 9-11, and Canada's Residential Schools to quiet personal memories of the author's own family, all from the author's distinctly First Nation perspective, in a world that makes her culture a minority. Universal experiences of beauty share space with biting, angry expressions of grief or condemnations of injustice. Witty, pi
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Samantha
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful mix of poetry. There is one poem in here that really reached out and grabbed me by the heart, (On Being A Hero). It's just incredibly concise but conveys the enormity of cultural restrictions and external judgement. The stories we tell ourselves or those that we let others tell for us, really do shape our futures. I loved just loved the prospect of getting inside it, understanding it and coming out with your own version.
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Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, she grew up in the neighbouring city of North Vancouver and attended Simon Fraser University. She was one of the first Aboriginal people to be published in the early 1970s.

Maracle is one of the most prolific aboriginal authors in Canada and a recognized authority on issues pertaining to aboriginal people and aboriginal literature. She is an award-winning poet,
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