A look at early Canadian poetry gets one writer thinking about how nations – and people – develop their own stories.
Over the years, I’ve struggled to not run a litany of judgments through my mind about that couple and their kids. Until a month ago, I’d never said a single word to any of them. Then the wife turned to me, as I was working on a blog post, and said “Aren’t you that guy who goes to that Buddhist place?”
Nathan Thompson takes time out beside Lake Superior. “The lake itself is a healer,” he writes, “taking whatever comes to it and transforming it, slowly, into something else.”
George Morrison was, among other things, a breaker of molds and stereotypes. At a time when any art — be it art done by Native peoples or done by whites appropriating Native images — that was associated with Native Americans was expected to be filled with teepees, totems, and other stereotypical images, George’s work was decidedly his own.