North End Love Songs

by Katherena Vermette

J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing | March 20, 2012 | Trade Paperback |

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A self-described “tuff grrl with two ffs” there is no doubt that after poet Katherena Vermette’s first collection of poetry i won’t ever learn, she will also be known as one “tuff” poet. Chronicling several short lived affairs that follow the break-up of a long term relationship, i won’t ever learn, recounts a quest for love in all wrong places. In it poet Katherena Vermette pulls out all the stops with gritty stripped down lyrics about the kind of love doesn’t always talk nice, sometimes drinks way too much, smokes when it shouldn’t and winds up in bed with people it barely knows or trusts.

But i won’t ever learn is more than just a poetic road trip to the wrong side of love. Described by critics as having “a complicated sense of beauty,” there is undeniable eloquence at work in Katherena Vermette’s poetry. These poems go way deeper than the usual explorations of loss and self discovery, grappling with the destructive social and cultural constructs that often keep women on the hunt for solace and stability outside of themselves instead of finding strength within.

Katherena Vermette is well known in Winnipeg for her spoken word and poetry performances. Her poems often feel like songs, sometimes country in tone, and sometimes dark, urban, and alternative. In i won’t ever learn readers will find a fierce honesty, and resonant clarity that is unique to this fresh, new voice.

the wolf

1.
i met this one right
on her path, in the woods
even, seemed innocent enough
a little convo, a bat of an eyelash, we agreed
to hook up later, down the way
all was right
or so it seemed
but ever notice
whether you take
the path of needles
or path of pins,
either way
you get scratched

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 96 Pages, 4.72 × 7.87 × 0 in

Published: March 20, 2012

Publisher: J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1897289766

ISBN - 13: 9781897289761

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North End Love Songs

North End Love Songs

by Katherena Vermette

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 96 Pages, 4.72 × 7.87 × 0 in

Published: March 20, 2012

Publisher: J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1897289766

ISBN - 13: 9781897289761

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<p>A self-described “tuff grrl with two ffs” there is no doubt that after poet Katherena Vermette’s first collection of poetry i won’t ever learn, she will also be known as one “tuff” poet. Chronicling several short lived affairs that follow the break-up of a long term relationship, i won’t ever learn, recounts a quest for love in all wrong places. In it poet Katherena Vermette pulls out all the stops with gritty stripped down lyrics about the kind of love doesn’t always talk nice, sometimes drinks way too much, smokes when it shouldn’t and winds up in bed with people it barely knows or trusts.</p><p>But i won’t ever learn is more than just a poetic road trip to the wrong side of love. Described by critics as having “a complicated sense of beauty,” there is undeniable eloquence at work in Katherena Vermette’s poetry. These poems go way deeper than the usual explorations of loss and self discovery, grappling with the destructive social and cultural constructs that often keep women on the hunt for solace and stability outside of themselves instead of finding strength within.</p><p>Katherena Vermette is well known in Winnipeg for her spoken word and poetry performances. Her poems often feel like songs, sometimes country in tone, and sometimes dark, urban, and alternative. In i won’t ever learn readers will find a fierce honesty, and resonant clarity that is unique to this fresh, new voice.</p><p>the wolf<br><br>1.<br>i met this one right<br>on her path, in the woods<br>even, seemed innocent enough<br>a little convo, a bat of an eyelash, we agreed<br>to hook up later, down the way<br>all was right<br>or so it seemed<br>but ever notice<br>whether you take<br>the path of needles<br>or path of pins,<br>either way<br>you get scratched</p>

About the Author

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and compilations, including the upcoming Manitoapow-Aboriginal Literary History of Manitoba (Highwater Press 2012). Vermette was the 2010-2011 Blogger in Residence for thewriterscollective.org and recently begun graduate work in the prestigious Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. A member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective of Manitoba since 2004, Vermette lives, works and plays in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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