A Really Good Brown Girl Paperback – Apr 16 1996
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"Each poem ... looks us straight in the eyes and confronts us ... mocks attitudes that lie deep within our culture"--Susan Musgrave, The Vancouver Sun
"Dumont undercuts the rhetoric of Canadian intervention and reminds readers that the desire to join both coasts of the country came at a heavy price ... Dumont employs her own discursive strategies to ensure that the irony of the Mtis population's survival is communicated ... [A Really Good Brown Girl] cultivates its own space of in-between-ness."--Jennifer Andrews, Canadian Poetry
About the Author
Marilyn Dumont, a descendant of Gabriel Dumont, is a Metis poet from northeastern Alberta. Following a career in film and video production, she is working as a Native educator and completing an MFA at the University of British Columbia. Her poems are anthologized in The Road Home, Writing the Circle, The Colour of Resistance<.i>, Locating Identity, and Looking at the Words of Our People.
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There are four main sections to the book: Squaw Poems, What More Than Dance, White Noise, and Made of Water. Within the section Squaw Poems, she has a grouping of six pieces that were raw and powerful. In one piece she didn't want to be seen as loose so, "Instead, I became what Jean Rhys phrased, 'aggressively respectable.' I'd be so god-damned respectable that white people would feel slovenly in my presence." p 18
Several poems were about women, gender roles, sexuality and violence against women. Helen Betty Osborne was another that had so much emotion around sexual violence against native women. In the poem she used the phrase 'open season' on native women.
There were also poems that celebrated love. Wild Berries is one. It's a beauty and not to be missed.
There are poems here that are hard to read because of subject matter and then there are some that are difficult because I may not have the context, but this was a collection that can stir up emotions and is worth the time and effort. I like how it is explained on the back of the book. Beth Cuthland writes, "These are Indian poems, Canadian poems, human poems." Exactly.