Dreams and Journeys

Dreams and Journeys

Frederick McDonald
$22.95


From poet and visual artist Frederick McDonald, an illuminating collection that explores the intricacies of existing within two worlds.

Daydreams turn into night dreams that carry the author on a journey of self-awareness and personal discovery while living and travelling in two worlds: that of his reality as a member of the Fort McKay First Nation and existing as part of Canadian culture within its mainstream paradigm of savage stereotypes and ancient archetypes. Wondering at the intricacies of these worlds and what was, what could have been and what could be as his community navigates a myriad of political policies and propaganda, McDonald weaves experiences of injustice and hardship with the glory and beauty of his culture, all while contemplating the endurance of the natural environment amid human destruction.


 
"Frederick McDonald is a master of the poetic image. His people spring to vivid life, loud and colourful in our mind’s eye. We join their dreams and journeys. We come visit. We walk traplines and float in an old canoe. We feel the cold as lazy sled dogs hitch a ride behind a snowmobile. We ride a palomino on our birthday. We share some hot pea soup. We laugh out loud and cry alone. We follow the Raven. We are the better for it."
–Therese Greenwood, author of What You Take with You

"Dreams and Journeys is a collection of poetry meant to be shared and read aloud. It is a conversation with Frederick McDonald, where a brown boy tells his story and recounts history. It is a particular narrative based on his life experiences and, simultaneously, a universal tale, so that we are involved in its unfolding. The collection becomes alive when recited… In it, the past is contemporary and open to future possibilities."
–Karim-Aly S. Kassam, International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies, Cornell University


Harbour Publishing
ISBN: 9781990776045
Paperback / softback
6 in x 9 in - 136 pp
Publication Date: 27/08/2022
BISAC Subject(s):: POE011010-POETRY / Canadian / Indigenous,POE023040-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Places,POE023050-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Family 
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From poet and visual artist Frederick McDonald, an illuminating collection that explores the intricacies of existing within two worlds.

Daydreams turn into night dreams that carry the author on a journey of self-awareness and personal discovery while living and travelling in two worlds: that of his reality as a member of the Fort McKay First Nation and existing as part of Canadian culture within its mainstream paradigm of savage stereotypes and ancient archetypes. Wondering at the intricacies of these worlds and what was, what could have been and what could be as his community navigates a myriad of political policies and propaganda, McDonald weaves experiences of injustice and hardship with the glory and beauty of his culture, all while contemplating the endurance of the natural environment amid human destruction.


 
"Frederick McDonald is a master of the poetic image. His people spring to vivid life, loud and colourful in our mind’s eye. We join their dreams and journeys. We come visit. We walk traplines and float in an old canoe. We feel the cold as lazy sled dogs hitch a ride behind a snowmobile. We ride a palomino on our birthday. We share some hot pea soup. We laugh out loud and cry alone. We follow the Raven. We are the better for it."
–Therese Greenwood, author of What You Take with You

"Dreams and Journeys is a collection of poetry meant to be shared and read aloud. It is a conversation with Frederick McDonald, where a brown boy tells his story and recounts history. It is a particular narrative based on his life experiences and, simultaneously, a universal tale, so that we are involved in its unfolding. The collection becomes alive when recited… In it, the past is contemporary and open to future possibilities."
–Karim-Aly S. Kassam, International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies, Cornell University

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Harbour Publishing
ISBN: 9781990776045
Paperback / softback
6 in x 9 in - 136 pp
Publication Date: 27/08/2022
BISAC Subject(s):: POE011010-POETRY / Canadian / Indigenous,POE023040-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Places,POE023050-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Family 
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