The Pemmican Eaters (PDF)
I m teaching this book to my high school IB class and finding to admire and enjoy As a collection it is masterfully constructed with so many poems that speak to other poems throughout the book Dumont also oes such interesting things with traditional forms like the pantoum she blasts apart with Gabriel Dumont s gun and the sestina in which she eftly weaves and Reweaves Fiddle And Dance With Government Treatment Of M Tis fiddle and ance with government treatment of M tis The poems about M tis beadwork are my current favorites because of how they combine lived experience and beliefs made manifest through textile work And I keep coming back to how the epigraph from Michel e Certeau echoes across the poems landscape This is a book I know will return to time and again in the future Pemmican Eaters is rich with with imagery culture and emotion I ve found it s rare to find a poetry collection that bridges poetics and narrative that engages multiple genres effortlessly This is a book I ll keep coming back to Wonderful collection of poems I think my favorite poems here are the ones about beadwork in which Dumont moves between the fine etail of a woman s patient crafts to the world and life it evokes she considers blue
beads as holding a piece of the skyreflected in berriesher same fingers gather saskatoons raping as holding a piece of the skyreflected in berriesher same fingers gather saskatoons raping branches bent blue with fruitand release them to the lard pail tied to her waisttheir The Writing Workshop dropping the sound of smallrumming in the pailher same fingers scoop saskatoons the. A picture of the Riel Resistance from one of Canada’s preeminent Métis poets Winner of the 2016 Stephan G Stephansson Award for PoetryWith a title Agricultural Engineering derived from John A Macdonald’s moniker for the Métis The Pemmican Eaters explores Marilyn Dumont’s sense of history as theynamic present Combining free verse and metered poe. Ers is a nice collection of poems and short prose pieces
Concerning The Metis And Its Turbulent History the Metis and its turbulent history the Canadian government My favourite pieces concerned Louis Riel Distant Echoes Finding Keys To Life After Abuse directly but I also enjoyed the ones that focused on the Metis culture its love of the earth and freedom from the meticulous accounting and measurements that the organized government forced upon them I remember learning about Indigenous people in grade six We learned the names Cree Blackfoot Sioux M tis We learned about their resourcefulness and resilience We learned about the ways every part of a buffalo was used Nothing was wastedThese poems bring me back to the excitement and awe I felt in learning about theifferent Indigenous groups Without arrogance Dumont How Debuggers Work Algorithms Data Structures and Architecture displays aeep sense of pride in her M tis heritage She is firm but not aggressive when she asserts that her culture may be mixed but it is not less not half not lacking She writes on past and uncorrected injustices without flinching but without sounding jaded These poems are both a celebration and a efiant exclamation we re still here Not a word was wasted Marilyn Dumont is an incredible poet and The Pemmican Eaters lives up to my high
Expectations She Infuses Vital She infuses vital with vivid emotion in a way that just feels painful and perfectHighly recommended I actually gave up on this one I read the intro and some of the poems when I ecided to teach Thomas King s 77 Fragments so I m counting them together as a finished book. Collection are poems about the bison seed beadwork and the Red River Cart and some poems employ elements of the Michif language which along with French and Cree was spoken by Dumont’s ancestors In Dumont’s The Pemmican Eaters a multiplicity of identities is a strengthening rather than a weakening or iluting force in culture. .
Fruit of feastsfrom a bowl in the sweatthat place of gathering selfand others back to wombthat bulb of lifein her motherThe epigraph of The Pemmican Eaters is from Michel
de Certeau s Practice of Everyday Life What the map cuts up the story cuts acrossCerteau s Practice of Everyday Life What the map cuts up the story cuts #ACROSS ARE ANGRY POLITICAL POEMS ABOUT MAPS ABOUT THE #are angry political poems about maps about the rawn by surveyors who Rough Rider: BWWM Interracial MC Biker Alpha Male Romance divided up and stole M tis land The stories and practices of everyday life resist that cutting up the M tis are still here Fiddle Bids Us is a good example of this that we long kissed this earth with our feetbefore the surveyors executed theiranceof lines and stakes at the corners to witnessthe Dominion s Sonic Alchemy: Visionary Music Producers and Their Maverick Recordings decree to leave just fiddle and bowand no uarter sections to bury our relatives belowbecause we resisted the government s lineTheance to the music of the fiddle goes on resisting the efforts of the Dominion to cut it off we the improvident ones proclaim our Mapping wild gardens: The symbolic conquest of South Africa (African literatures in English) dance to the minsters and lords who tried to set us below In the penultimate poem Dumont writes that they will regret taking our prince Louis Riel because oneay their children will ask about him and they will have to answer Needs some serious proofreadingI was troubled by I wanted to treat them as we would have to answer Needs some serious proofreadingI was troubled by I wanted to treat them as we would treated buffalo and thought to myself so much for the id loved this collection of poems mostly looking at the Metis history in the times of Louis Riel I guess I m the only one here that Gramatica de baza a limbii romane didn t win this book in a giveaway I never win any thingThe Pemmican Eat. Ms her latest collection aims to recreate a palpable sense of the Riel Resistance period and evoke the geographical linguisticcultural and political situation of Batocheuring this time through the eyes of those who experienced the battles as well as through the eyes of Gabriel and Madeleine Dumont and Louis RielIncluded in this.