Intimate Reviews- Indigenous Poets (2)


This is a series where Indigenous writers and readers alike write reviews for some of their favourite pieces of writing and post them on Amazon, Goodreads, and the CiTR blog! Enjoy what they have to say about these texts.


Page as Bone Ink As Blood by Jonina Kirton

Review by Jasmine Sealy

This is a stellar collection of poetry and lyric prose from an exciting new voice in Canadian Lit. In one poem, Kirton recalls her days as a dancer in a Winnipeg nightclub. These poems are visceral, gut-wrenching, hilarious and personal. A must read.


Passage by Gwen Benaway
Review by Meagan Black

This is the collection for anyone who has ever lived through and been shaped by trauma. It’s a tough read, but one that will leave you feeling more whole by the end of it. Reading this was a heart-wrenching, visceral experience. And I’d do it again in a heartbeat!


Injun by Jordan Abel

Review by Claudia Wilde

Brilliant, visually-striking, and incredibly creative. Abel is a master at exploring what both identity and colonialism mean for an oppressed individual in a colonized territory. The collection is short, potent, and certainly important. (Not to mention the form is sick as!) Definitely worth the read.


Written By:

Meagan Black: Outside of school, Meagan Black’s interests include used book sales, working for Arc Poetry Magazine and never finishing the edits on her first YA novel. Her writing has appeared in ottawater, The New Haven Review, and Carousel.

Jasmine Sealy: Jasmine is a Barbadian-Canadian writer. She has been published in anthologies by Véhicule Press and Caitlin Press and her work has also appeared in The New Quarterly, Adda Stories, and Geist Magazine.