Passage

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Kegedonce Press, 2016 - Canadian poetry - 120 pages
In her second collection of poetry, Passage, Gwen Benaway examines what it means to experience violence and speaks to the burden of survival. Traveling to Northern Ontario and across the Great Lakes, Passage is a poetic voyage through divorce, family violence, legacy of colonization, and the affirmation of a new sexuality and gender. Previously published as a man, Passage is the poet's first collection written as a transwoman. Striking and raw in sparse lines, the collection showcases a vital Two Spirited identity that transects borders of race, gender, and experience. In Passage, the poet seeks to reconcile herself to the land, the history of her ancestors, and her separation from her partner and family by invoking the beauty and power of her ancestral waterways. Building on the legacy of other ground-breaking Indigenous poets like Gregory Scofield and Queer poets like Tim Dlugos, Benaway's work is deeply personal and devastating in sharp, clear lines. Passage is a book burning with a beautiful intensity and reveals Benaway as one of the most powerful emerging poets writing in Indigenous poetics today.

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About the author (2016)

Giles Benaway is of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. Her first poetry collection, Ceremonies for the Dead, earned her the 2015 Speaker's Award for a Young Author. As a Two-Spirited poet, she has been described as the spiritual love child of Tomson Highway and Truman Capote. Giles lives in Toronto.

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