Louis : The Heretic Poems

Louis: The Heretic Poems

Gregory Scofield
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Few figures in Canadian history have attained such an iconic status as Louis Riel. Celebrated Metis poet Gregory Scofield takes a fresh look at Riel in his new collection, Louis: The Heretic Poems, challenging traditional conceptions of Riel as simply a folk hero and martyr. By juxtaposing historical events and quotes with the poetic narrative, Scofield draws attention to the side of the Metis leader that most Canadians have never contemplated: that of husband, father, friend and lover, poet and visionary.

Scofield also uses the collection to raise attention about the more crucial historical events of Riel's lifetime--such as the Manitoba Resistance and the Northwest Resistance at Batoche--in order to illuminate the history of western Canadian Metis people and their struggles toward recognition. Scofield also examines Riel's own poetry, most of which was devoted to exploring religious themes. Accordingly, religious imagery features strongly in the collection, complemented by a poetic voice that is rhythmic, repetitious, and lush with potent symbolism and simple, powerful images.
 
Scofield marries political wordplay ("give to the poor, namely to those / who are prone to drafting up / a weakened constitution") with elegant imagery ("the rifles will be raised and / he will disappear like oranges / on Christmas morning"). Scofield's Riel views "the prairie as a sonnet" and seems aware of how despite attempts to write his own destiny, his fate will be written by others: "I am a poet / With auburn-brown hair, // An ember of curls / The newspapers will one day // Catch..." A stellar collection, hypnotic and incantatory.
--Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press


Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889712621
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.0 in - 96 pp
Publication Date: 31/10/2011
BISAC Subject(s):: POE011000-POETRY / Canadian / General 
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Few figures in Canadian history have attained such an iconic status as Louis Riel. Celebrated Metis poet Gregory Scofield takes a fresh look at Riel in his new collection, Louis: The Heretic Poems, challenging traditional conceptions of Riel as simply a folk hero and martyr. By juxtaposing historical events and quotes with the poetic narrative, Scofield draws attention to the side of the Metis leader that most Canadians have never contemplated: that of husband, father, friend and lover, poet and visionary.

Scofield also uses the collection to raise attention about the more crucial historical events of Riel's lifetime--such as the Manitoba Resistance and the Northwest Resistance at Batoche--in order to illuminate the history of western Canadian Metis people and their struggles toward recognition. Scofield also examines Riel's own poetry, most of which was devoted to exploring religious themes. Accordingly, religious imagery features strongly in the collection, complemented by a poetic voice that is rhythmic, repetitious, and lush with potent symbolism and simple, powerful images.
 
Scofield marries political wordplay ("give to the poor, namely to those / who are prone to drafting up / a weakened constitution") with elegant imagery ("the rifles will be raised and / he will disappear like oranges / on Christmas morning"). Scofield's Riel views "the prairie as a sonnet" and seems aware of how despite attempts to write his own destiny, his fate will be written by others: "I am a poet / With auburn-brown hair, // An ember of curls / The newspapers will one day // Catch..." A stellar collection, hypnotic and incantatory.
--Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press

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Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889712621
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.0 in - 96 pp
Publication Date: 31/10/2011
BISAC Subject(s):: POE011000-POETRY / Canadian / General 
: