This Wound Is A World

This Wound Is A World


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"Part manifesto, part memoir, This Wound is a World is an invitation to 'cut a hole in the sky to world inside.' Billy-Ray Belcourt issues a call to turn to love and sex to understand how Indigenous peoples shoulder sadness and pain like theirs without giving up on the future. His poems and essays upset genre and play with form, scavenging for a decolonial kind of heaven where 'everyone is at least a little gay.'"--
Publisher: Calgary :, Frontenac House Poetry,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781927823644
Characteristics: 63 pages ;,23 cm.


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Oct 11, 2018

Easy to see why this won a CBC contest, but still just ordinary poetry. (Poorly bound, pages 19/20, 57/58 and 59/60 are falling out already.)

lydia_holmes221 Mar 06, 2018

More people need to read this book.

Belcourt's writing is beautiful and queer and hopeful and just the right shade of melancholy. My favourite poems were Okcupid and The Oxford Journal, which gathered momentum in a stunning way. This collection is tender and there aren't enough adjectives to describe his writing, because it's so layered and complex, but the language used is so pure and unadulterated.

I won't talk about themes, because they need to be felt.

This is a manifesto in the form of a love song.

I want more of his writing already.

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