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
"[The author] already has an important place
amongst those who designate this world the borders of the
intimate and the giant."
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Publication Date: May 2016
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