Poetry Pause x Biblioasis: Katherena Vermette — Anishnaabemowin


 Poem Author: Katherena Vermette Poem title: Anishnaabemowin Poem: this is what came before the world it was this that called the world into being so much older than what we speak now it has flowed through more of your ancestors than any other it has flowed within me even when I don’t understand especially then I don’t really know how you came into being it must have been this that called you End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Katherena Vermette Originally published in Room (2018). Also appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2019 (Biblioasis, 2019). Reprinted with permission of the author. Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, MB. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company), won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her novel, The Break (House of Anansi, 2016), was a bestseller in Canada and won multiple awards, including the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Her second book of poetry, river woman, was released by House of Anansi in 2018. Photo credit: KC Adams Biblioasis is a literary press based in Windsor, Ontario committed to publishing the best poetry, fiction and nonfiction in beautifully crafted editions. Best Canadian Poetry 2019 edited by guest editor Rob Taylor, series editor Anita Lahey, and advisory editor Amanda Jernigan (Biblioasis, 2019)

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Launched in 2008 by Tightrope Books with former series editor Molly Peacock, the Best Canadian Poetry Series features fifty Canadian poets annually, drawn from Canadian literary journals magazines, both print and on-line. Each year, a distinguished guest editor (2008, Stephanie Bolster; 2009, A.F. Moritz; 2010, Lorna Crozier; 2011, Priscila Uppal; 2012, Carmine Starnino; 2013, Sue Goyette; 2014, Sonnet L’Abbé; Jacob McArthur Mooney, 2015, Helen Humphreys, 2016, Hoa Nguyen, 2018) selects the poems based on their intellectual, artistic, or inventive merit. The editorial taste changes with each new volume. The special Best of the Best Canadian Poetry: Tenth Anniversary Edition celebrates ten stellar years of the series.

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