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Message Sticks (Tshissinuatshitakana)

Joséphine Bacon

Translated from the French into English by Phyllis Aronoff.

This bilingual work (English and Innu-aimun) is an invitation to dialogue. Message sticks are the signs that allow the nomadic Innu to orient themselves inland and find their way. The poetry brings the language of the nutshimit (the back country) to life again, recalling the sound of the drum. Simple and beautiful, Joséphine Bacon’s poetry is an homage to the land, the ancestors, and the Innu-aimun language. Charting unwritten history, it provides a vision into the intensity of the elders’ words.

“Joséphine Bacon has written a moving and necessary collection of poems.” 
Tristan Malavoy-RacineVoir   

Bâtons à message / Tshissinuatshitakana, Joséphine Bacon’s first collection of poetry, is one of those books you want to give to a friend, saying, “Here, drink in this light.’” 
Denise BrassardInter, art actuel 

“It is rare that one reads a poet as refined and precise as Bacon, a poet with an authentic and personal voice who truly has something to say, a message to transmit and share.” 
Jean-Sébastien MénardTerra Nova 

“On the brink of catastrophe, the poet always finds the way of beauty.” 
Jade BérubéLa Presse

Joséphine Bacon is an aboriginal person from Innue de Betsiamites. She lives in Montreal. Director of film documentaries (Mishtikuashisht - Le Petit Grand Européen: ]ohan Beetz, ONF, 1996), she is equal parts poet and songwriter. Her songs, which include Mishapan Nitassinan, are performed by Chlo Sainte-Marie. She has recently published a series of poems in Aimititau! Parlons-nous!

Message Sticks / Tshissinuatshitakana, her first collection, was first published as a bilingual French/Innu-aimun work in Quebec. In 2014 she was a finalist for the Governor General's Award and in May 2010, Joséphine Bacon was awarded the Prix des lecteurs du Marché de la Poésie de Montréal for her poem “Dessine-moi l’arbre,” from her book Message Sticks/ Tshissinuatshitakana.
 
 

 

Poetry
ISBN:  978-1-927494-09-7
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paperback; 140 pages
Publication Date:  June 2013

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