This Wound is a World
by Billy-Ray Belcourt
Laurie MacFayden’s third book of poetry continues to explore the flirtations and secrets mined in her previous titles, White Shirt and Kissing Keeps Us Afloat. The clumsy intricacies of relationships; the things you want to shout from the rooftops but cannot tell; the tickle in your gut the first time she calls you honey. MacFayden ponders a one-way trip to Mars, the turmoil of clouds, the majesty of moonstone. “How can desire survive the tragedy of human aging?” she asks, never losing sight of the joying, wet, throbbing hallelujah. Walking Through Turquoise is a celebration of the glorious swirling twine that binds us to things of this earth and beyond.
- Winner, the Griffin Poetry Prize (2018)
- Winner, the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize (2018)
- Winner, Most Significant Book of Poetry in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer, Indigenous Voices Awards (2018)
- Finalist, Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry (2018)
- Finalist, the Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry (2018)
- Finalist, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (2018)
- Finalist, the Raymond Souster Award (2018)
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Soft Cover with flaps
Billy-Ray Belcourt (he/him) is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a Ph.D. candidate and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He is also a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and holds an M.St. in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford and Wadham College. In the First Nations Youth category, Belcourt was awarded a 2019 Indspire Award, which is the highest honor the Indigenous community bestows on its own leaders. In January 2020, he will be an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.
In 2018, Billy-Ray was named by CBC Books as one of “14 Canadian poets to watch,” one of “18 emerging writers to watch,” and a “Writer to know.” That year, he was also named one of “ten young Canadians to watch” by the CBC.
“This book is a monument for the future of poetic possibility. It is rare to be able to call a book something so grand and full — and have it be utterly true. That’s what This Wound is a World affords us: myth and hyperbole pressed into a lived and realized life. A reckoning for and of the wreck — bravely buoyant, and finally here.”
~ Ocean Vuong.