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Assi Manifesto

 

Natasha Kanapé Fontaine 

Translated from French by Howard Scott
 

Assi Manifesto is a celebration of the Innu land in the tradition of Joséphine Bacon. This telluric power is reminiscent of Paul Chamberland’s Terre Québec. Natasha Kanapé’s challenge is to name her land, but also to reconcile opposites.


In this collection of poetry, the author engages with the environment, colonialism, anxiety, anger, healing, solitude, and love. “Assi” in Innu means Land. Assi Manifesto is primarily a land of women. If the manifesto is a public space, Assi is a forum of life, a song for those who open their spirit to its mystery.

 

Praise for Assi Manifesto

 

"Fontaine’s profound, complex poetics combined with her cultural perspective make Assi Manifesto a timely and timeless collection."

—World Literature Today

 

"The poems are a call to the historical pre-invasion calm of North America, for respect as equals against the default culture that partitions her people into the past. The battles in the poems are mythical, symbolic, and large in this manifesto for national and personal pride."
The Montreal Review of Books

 

"[The author] already has an important place amongst those who designate this world the borders of the intimate and the giant."
La Presse


Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, born in 1991, is a slam poet, visual artist and indigenous rights activist. Innu of Pessamit community of the North Shore, she spent most of her life in urban areas, as did many other Aboriginal youth of her generation. Noticed first in Rimouski where she was studying, and at events in Montreal in spring 2012, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine is prominent on the provincial slam scene -- she's been dubbed the territorial slammer. The original French title, from which this current title is translated into English, earned her the prize for poetry of the Society of Francophone Writers of America, 2013. She figures on Radio-Canada’s Plus on est de fou, plus on lit! list of ten young writers to watch. With an enduring commitment to the Idle No More movement, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine is part of the new generation of a people rising from the ashes, and who intends to take the place she deserves. She lives in Montreal.   
 
Also by Natasha Kanapé Fontaine:
  Do Not Enter My Soul in Your Shoes  (2015)
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Poetry

ISBN:  978-1-927494-75-2  
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paperback; 88 pages 

Publication Date:  May 2016 

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