Fifth World Drum
by Anna Marie Sewell
In my life, i am following a song. Strong and solid, a wavering whisper, nearly inaudible; rhythm of the Fifth World Drum, and the whole world arising.
The poems in this collection are about moments caught in its rhythm, and they are about hunting the rhythm. They also pay homage to some of the many beautiful companions along the road, in whose presence sings the rising rhythm of the Fifth World Drum.
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Anna Marie Sewell
Anna Marie Sewell lives in Edmonton. Fifth World Drum is her first book-length collection of poetry. She also writes and performs theatre, prose and song; recent work includes 2007’s Honour Songs project, part of Edmonton’s Cultural Capital year; and editing the 2009 Stroll of Poets Anthology.
“Anna Marie Sewell is a wanderer. With grace and warmth, she explores “a world I know as solid and strong, a territory of new possibilities.” As an indigenous poet with Mi’gmaq roots, and Slavic relatives too, Sewell moves easily across the cultural borderlines that inhibit other people. Her poems drift from the warm kitchens of Eskasoni, to the prairies outside Saskatoon at twilight; from a dusty road to the pow-wow at Poundmaker’s, to a moonlit skinny dip in the Okanagan. Everywhere she goes, she searches for unlikely intersections, and she finds them. I love Sewell’s poems because she describes the Canada I crave – intimate, beautiful, brave, forgiving.”
~ Linda Goyette
“Poet Anna Marie Sewell, when asked where she is from, responds, “There are so many true answers.” Her answers are delivered in lines of poetry that resonate like musical notes, chords, drum beats and rattles. In an increasingly populous and multicultural world where bureaucratic forces doggedly prescribe categories to human diversity and expression, Anna Marie dismantles these false social constructions of personal identity and human capacity through language that is variously inventive, clear and soulful, and through image that is whimsical and highly imaginative. The seeker in these poems surveys lands, cultures and belief systems in Japan, China, Korea, Mexico and Canada, particularly Aboriginal “Canada” with a vision that is uncompromisingly original.”
~ Marilyn Dumont