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Session 5: Indigenous Reads

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Sherwin Bitsui - Flood Song (2009)

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When Feb 24, 2020
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Room 4008, KG IV
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#IndigenousReads is a literature colloquium dedicated to very contemporary literature by Indigenous writers from Turtle Island (Canada & the USA). We meet monthly to discuss the texts and their socio-historical implications.

In this concentrated, interweaving, painterly sequence in which Native tradition scrapes against contemporary urban life, Sherwin Bitsui intones landscapes real and imagined, populated with the wrens, winds, and reeds of the high desert and constructed from the bricks and gasoline of the city. Reverent to his family’s indigenous traditions while simultaneously indebted to European modernism and surrealism, Bitsui is at the forefront of a younger generation of Native writers. His poems are highly imagistic and constantly in motion, drawing as readily upon Diné (Navajo) myths, customs, and medicine songs as they do contemporary language and poetics. “I map a shrinking map,” Bitsui writes, a map tribal and individual, elemental and modern—and utterly astonishing. 



The books are available to borrow in the Carl-Schurz-Haus library, or to purchase at the Walthari and Ludwig bookstores and on Amazon. For more information or to register, please contact Léna Remy-Kovach:

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