- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Talonbooks (April 24 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781772011449
- ISBN-13: 978-1772011449
- ASIN: 1772011444
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 0.6 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
An Honest Woman Paperback – Apr 24 2017
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Jónina Kirton is courageously honest about her life experiences as a female of Indigenous and immigrant ancestry. Many poems resonate deeply, as we identify with her personal quest to figure out who she is, and the unacceptable things done to her. Her raw honesty is unsettling and uncomfortable, because it can be our truth too. Her poems depict devaluation and dehumanization, grieving, lessons learned. Her poems offer important insights as to why there are thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women."
- Senator Lillian E. Dyck"When writing from the voice of between, writer and reader have no place to hide. Assumptions and camouflage fall away. Murdered, missing, and violated women and girl voices have been silenced. The story lethally repeats. Kirton picks over how she was raised familially and culturally like a crime scene. Too, she affirms, 'I have been here forever and I will rise again and again.' Tough, eloquent, revelatory, these poems are the very ones we are desperately in need of."
- Betsy Warland, author of Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas "I'm sure people have been looking at me strangely every time I gasp, but I can't glance away from the page for even a second to notice. Some of the poems end sharply, with a punch; some deliberately leave me searching for the next line; others show the repetition of heartbreaking cycles of violence and oppression, but offer a portrayal of resilience, too."
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About the Author
Jónina Kirton is a Metis/Icelandic poet and author who lives and works in Vancouver. She graduated from Simon Fraser University's Writer's Studio in 2007 and attended the Emerging Aboriginal Writer's Residency at the Banff Centre in 2008. Actively involved with the Aboriginal Writers Collective - West Coast, she coordinated the first National Indigenous Writers Conference in Vancouver 2013. In 2015 Kirton joined the editorial board of Room Magazine. Kirton's work has been featured in numerous anthologies and literary journals, including Ricepaper's Asian & Aboriginal issue, V6A: Writing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out, Pagan Edge, First Nations Drum, Toronto Quarterly, and Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine. She won first prize and two honorable mentions in the 2013 Royal City Literary Arts Society's Write On! Contest and was a finalist in the 2013 Burnaby Writers' Society Writing Contest. page as bone - ink as blood was published to wide critical acclaim in 2015. Her second book, An Honest Woman, was a Finalist for the 2018 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.
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