I Place You into the Fire

Poems

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Pub Date 20 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 29 Jan 2021
Nimbus Publishing, Nimbus Publishing Limited

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The incisive and vital first poetry collection from Mi'kmaw spoken-word poet and former poet laureate of Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia.

We remember tomorrow and a thousand years ago.
From eel weirs to the buffalo.
We remember petroglyphs and Instagram photos.
See, we remember our history,
Without statues, money, or pictures of the Queen.

In Mi'kmaw, three similarly shaped words have drastically different meanings: kesalul means "I love you"; kesa'lul means "I hurt you"; and ke'sa'lul means "I put you into the fire." In spoken-word artist and critically acclaimed author (I'm Finding My Talk) Rebecca Thomas's first poetry collection, readers will feel Thomas's deep love, pain, and frustration as she holds us all to task, along the way mourning the loss of her childhood magic, exploring the realities of growing up off reserve, and offering up a new Creation Story for Canada.

Diverse and probing, I place you into the fire is at once a meditation on navigating life and love as a second-generation Residential School survivor, a lesson in unlearning, and a rallying cry for Indigenous justice, empathy, and equality. A searing collection that embodies the vitality and ferocity of spoken-word poetry.

The incisive and vital first poetry collection from Mi'kmaw spoken-word poet and former poet laureate of Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia.

We remember tomorrow and a thousand years ago.
From eel...


A Note From the Publisher

Author was on "Q" on CBC Canada on October 28, 2020 Her children's book, I'm Finding My Talk, illustrations by Pauline Young was a Globe & Mail Top 100 selection in 2019, and was just selected for the White Raven Collection in the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany.

Author was on "Q" on CBC Canada on October 28, 2020 Her children's book, I'm Finding My Talk, illustrations by Pauline Young was a Globe & Mail Top 100 selection in 2019, and was just selected for...


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Broken into three thematic sections, 'I place you into the fire' by Rebecca Thomas is a hard-hitting collection of poetry that tackles everything from colonialism, erasure, and cultural appropriation to family, identity, and love. Thomas is a Mi'kmaw writer, political activist, and was Halifax's first First Nations poet laureate (2016-2018). Her writing has a raw, direct spoken word style that draws you into the narrative. and doesn't let go. Her point of view - her personhood embodied in words - is vibrant and unapologetic. The poems turn the mirror back on white readers in a way that unabashedly forces an assessment of where, precisely, they stand on the spectrum from usurper to ally. There is anger here (well-deserved) as well as grief, and disappointment, and hope, and joy, and everything in between. Some of the poems correct historically incorrect retellings and myths; others are a snapshot of Thomas's life. The lines blur. Moving, impactful, and hugely relevant, both for Canadian / North American readers and beyond. Advance reader copy kindly provided by Nimbus Publishing.

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I wish I could form better words to discuss this title but all I can say is I intend to pick up a physical copy so I can connect to the words deeper

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<i>We remember tomorrow and a thousand years ago. From eel weirs to the buffalo. We remember petroglyphs and Instagram photos. See, we remember our history, Without statues, money, or pictures of the queen.</i> I Place You Into the Fire is the first poetry collection by Mi'kmaw spoken word poet, Rebecca Thomas, past poet laureate of Kjipuktuk (Halifax) Nova Scotia and I have struggled to find words to describe the impact of these poems. She talks about her family, her love and her sorrow, colonization, and the history of the M'ikmaw people. She speaks as a second-generation Residential School survivor and her words are powerful, raw, and personal, often heartbreaking but always honest, never avoiding the truth no matter how hard. It provides important lessons for settlers and a call to action for Indigenous peoples and it is one of the rare books I know I will read over and over. <Thanks to Netgalley and Nimbus Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review</i>

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This is a poetry collection. Each poems is very distinct, fierce and was a joy to read. The poems are based on so many diverse topics. Yes I do recommend it.

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