North End Love Songs by Katherena VermetteNorth End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette

North End Love Songs

byKatherena Vermette

Paperback | March 1, 2012

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For Katherena Vermette, Winnipeg''s North End is a neighbourhood of colourful birds, stately elms, and always wily rivers. It is where a brother''s disappearance is trivialized by local media and police because he is young and aboriginal. It is also where young girls share secrets, movies, cigarettes, Big Gulps and stories of love&emdash;where a young mother full of both maternal trepidation and joy watches her small daughters as they play in the park. "In North End Love Songs, Katherena Vermette uses spare language and brief, telling sketches to illuminate the aviary of a prairie neighbourhood. Vermette''s love songs are unconventional and imminent, an examination and a celebration of family and community in all weathers, the beautiful as well as the less clement conditions. This collection is a very moving tribute, to the girls and the women, the boys and the men, and the loving trouble that has forever transpired between us." &endash; Joanne Arnott "From a mixed-blood Métis woman with Mennonite roots, Kate weaves a story that winds its way through the north end (Nor-tend) of Winnipeg. It''s a story of death, birth, survival, beauty and ugliness; through it all there are glimmers of hope, strength, and a will to survive whatever this city throws at you." &endash; Duncan Mercredi
Katherena Vermette is a MZtis writer of poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and compilations, including the upcoming ManitoapowÑAboriginal Literary History of Manitoba (Highwater Press 2012). Vermette was the 2010-2011 Blogger in Residence for thewriterscollective.org and recently begun graduate work...
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Title:North End Love SongsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:J. Gordon Shillingford PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897289766

ISBN - 13:9781897289761

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! After how much I loved The Break, I knew I'd enjoy Katherena Vermette's poetry. And I was not wrong. North End Love Songs is breathtaking, heartbreaking, and so beautiful.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I picked up 'North End Love Songs' after being blown away by 'The Break'. Vermette's poetry evokes a strong sense of place - I was transported to Winnipeg's North End. I devoured this collection.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elegant Vermette's spare style about simple, everyday events such as the rhythm of swinging or a girl walking down the street is so inviting and personal. The rawness of the section about her brother is very powerful and poignant.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An excellent addition to The Break (same author) This is an excellent companion to Vermette's novel, The Break. In fact, the first poem is very reminiscent of a scene in the novel. But, even without the novel, it's a wonderful collection. I particularly loved the section titled "November," which is a sad and beautiful tribute to a lost brother. Her poems dive into the hard truths of the neighborhood and the reality of being native in Canada.
Date published: 2017-02-17