10. NDN Coping Mechanisms (Billy-Ray Belcourt)

Screen Shot 2020-04-19 at 9.54.53 AMFirst of all, I am disclosing that I am not the best connoisseur of poetry.  Sure I can still recite Stopping in the Woods on a Snowy Evening but I recognize that I am probably missing some of the beauty and education wound into these poems. I take full accountability (and admit that I prefer the narrative fiction and non-fiction) that it is me, not the material as the good reads ranking for this book are very high. To be absolutely honest, I just read it because it was on the long-list  for Canada Reads.

Although it was very artistic, creative and I appreciated the different formats, I struggled to maintain focus while reading these poems. The author clearly has a strong command of language and vocabulary but perhaps, I was just too tired to read poetry in January!

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