NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field

NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field

In his follow-up to This Wound is a World, Billy-Ray Belcourt’s Griffin Poetry Prize–winning collection, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field is a provocative, powerful, and genre-bending new work that uses the modes of accusation and interrogation.

He aims an anthropological eye at the realities of everyday life to show how they house the violence that continues to reverberate from the long twentieth century. In a genre-bending constellation of poetry, photography, redaction, and poetics, Belcourt ultimately argues that if signifiers of Indigenous suffering are everywhere, so too is evidence of Indigenous peoples’ rogue possibility, their utopian drive.

In NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field, the poet takes on the political demands of queerness, mainstream portrayals of Indigenous life, love and its discontents, and the limits and uses of poetry as a vehicle for Indigenous liberation. In the process, Belcourt once again demonstrates his extraordinary craft, guile, and audacity, and the sheer dexterity of his imagination.

Title:NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field
ISBN:9781487005771
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  • ??

    Not to be dramatic, but this book made me burst into tears. It was the poem 'At The Mercy Of The Sky', page 22, and I suddenly found myself covering my face with the book and just crying."If I could u...

  • Megan O'Hara

    both my review ideas ("mommy like" and "book good") for this are despicableok I'm back to say that this is a beautiful heart breaking collection that also is really funny in places! my ratings for poe...

  • Caitlin Hart

    I kept having to put the book down because I was so overwhelmed at how astounding the poetry is. ...

  • Magdelanye

    This is the world we have inherited.It is infused with the violence of being forced to floatin the air like an unanswered question. p21What use is a map when the world is labyrinthine?What use is dire...

  • Nom Chompsky

    “When I die, it will still be autumn in my body. / I trust he will dust my shadow off so as to watch it tangle / in dusk’s wild mane” NDN Homo Sonnet, 38.“A poem in which a museum is crowded b...

  • df parizeau

    I'm never not floored when I read something by Billy-Ray Belcourt. What more can I say than Billy-Ray just "gets it" when it comes to when and where to deploy his myriad of tools? Funny in places, hea...

  • Carolyn Klassen

    Wow! Some incredibly powerful poems in this collection. Hard-hitting, devastating lines...and a bit of the soft and lush too. Well balanced, interesting draws from historical and contemporary events a...

  • Leah Grantham

    BRB’s books are a heartbreaking experience, but also cathartic. The poetic equivalent of a deep tissue massage or feeling an old ache in your bones from when they were previously broken but now heal...

  • Ari

    "What distinguishes denotation from detonation, after all, is human invention. Blood-letting a people with the alphabet is a gutting just the same."There's a lyrical beauty in the way the historical a...

  • Brooke

    "Someone drops dead,but he isn't white so no one is there to see it.Expect everyone is there to see it,they are just too busy thinking about how muchthey have changed for the better to open their fuck...