Totem Poles and Railroads by Janet Rogers (150)

For this month’s mini-challenge with the Canadian Book Review Challenge, I picked up 4 books of poetry. It is so nice to delve into a bit of poetry, given that this is the national poetry month.  Thank you Melanie for setting up this challenge.  It is very interesting, and I have picked up and read books I wouldn’t have otherwise.

This is a wonderful book of poetry that is haunting and very eerie in places. I loved the poems and how the book is laid out. The pages are black and white–stark and bright at the same time. It is a unique blend of poetry and intrigue.

This book defines the 500-year-old relationship between Indigenous nations and the corporation of Canada. In this, her fifth poetry collection, Janet Rogers expands on that definition with a playful, culturally powerful and, at times, experimental voice. She pays honour to her poetic characters — both real and imagined, historical and present day — from Sacajawea to Nina Simone.

The poems contained in this book are expansive and intimate, challenging, thought-provoking and always personal.

I loved the book and will be rereading it again at a later date.


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I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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