Peace in Duress

Peace in Duress

by Janet Rogers


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Mohawk spoken-word artist Janet Marie Rogers’s newest collection pulses with the rhythms of the drum and the beat of the heart. Poems drawing on the language of the earth and inflected with the outspoken vocality of activism address the crises of modern “land wars” – environmental destruction, territorial disputes, and resource depletion. This collection is confessional love, learned survival, ardent resistance, and unique poetry that wants to be spoken (aloud). If poetry is medicine, Peace in Duress is a cabinet full.

ice water now the temperature of tea sustains
until the next rez stop, re stop, re start
life elevated in Utah, gawd hours honoured in Arizona
tumbleweeds and raw earth, looks like open battle wounds
gorges burnt earth sagebrush holy land hot souls long roads ash-fault
bill-borders built on the backs of black hispanics
descent warnings foreshadowing rocks falling
sun blocked bright rays make way for end-of-day rain
don’t drink the poison, don’t you dare sigh with boredom
hot winds die pulling down cloud poetry
faces, places, displaces, wide-open Red
horses of courses
[from “3 Day Road”]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889229112
Publisher: Talonbooks, Limited
Publication date: 12/09/2014
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Janet Rogers is a celebrated spoken-word media artist and radio host. A Mohawk writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario, Rogers was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has resided in Victoria since 1994. She began her creative career as a visual artist, and began writing in 1996. Since then, she continues to stretch her abilities as a writer working and studying in the genres of poetry, short fiction, science fiction, play writing, and spoken-word performance poetry.

She has three published poetry collections to date: Splitting the Heart (Ekstasis Editions, 2007); Red Erotic (Ojistah Publishing, 2010); and Unearthed (Leaf Press, 2011).

In 2012, she was selected as the City of Victoria's third Poet Laureate for a three-year term ending November 30, 2014.

Janet Rogers hosts Native Waves Radio on CFUV 101.9 FM and Tribal Clefs every Tuesday on CBC Radio One. Her video poem "What Did You Do, Boy," created in support of a spoken word track from her CD Firewater, earned nominations at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in 2009 and the Native American Music Awards in 2010. Rogers's radio documentary "Bring Your Drum (50 Years of Indigenous Protest Music)," aired in July 2011 on CBC's Inside the Music and won the Best Radio award at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival in 2011.

Table of Contents

1 Land

Lekwvrngen Land 3

Body Language 10

Like a Lion 12

Three-Day Road 13

Forty Dayx 17

Love Is a Long Moan 19

Stroking the Serpent 22

I Was There 26

They Leave Their Names All over the Place 29

2 Culture

Forever 33

Here's the Deal 36

Five O'Clock 37

Hotel Reality 38

Birds Falling 42

The Celebrity of Famous 44

The Sexual Revolution Will Be Televised 48

Authent®ick 51

Red-Black 53

Witness 55

We Are Swimming 58

Sky Woman Falling (a POV blog)

Part 1 59

Part 2 61

Part 3 62

Love and Protection 63

3 Poetry

3rd Stone from the Sun 69

Used to Be (Home) 71

We Are 73

Reject, Rejection, Accepted 76

He Ain't Comin' Back 79

Sap 81

Bearskin 82

Hang It on a Hook 84

Awake Awake 87

Surprise Me 89

Alotta Hullabaloo 92

A State of Mine 94

4 Politics

Louder than Ever 99

Move a Mountain (Walk a Mile in Her Shoes) 100

Eleven, Eleven 103

Who's Your Daddy 105

Acts of Emancipation 107

Giving a Shit 110

Is It Easier to Move from Indian to Acculturated Eurocentric Assimilated Brown Skin? Or the Other Way Around? 114

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