Old Gods

Old Gods

Conor Kerr
$19.95


Métis Ukrainian writer Conor Kerr’s sharp and incisive poems move restlessly across landscapes and time.

Conor Kerr’s poetry is in constant motion. 4Runners streak through the night, racing with coyotes and roving across the land. Buses travel from town to town, from one memory to another, from past to present. Friends and lovers search for each other on Instagram and find nothing. And always the natural world travels alongside: the watching magpies, woodpeckers and cedar waxwings, the coyotes and porcupines. Family is the crisp wings of mallard ducks flying at dawn, just as it is a game of crib, a Mario Kart race, a dance party.

Old Gods defies colonialism on the Prairies. Kerr situates his reader in the Métis mindset: the old gods of the land are alive within the rivers, the birds, the hills and the prairies that surround us, and they’ll always be here.


 

“In Old Gods, Conor Kerr simultaneously exults in and elegizes the prairies and the many changing lives lived there. From stretched hands and stories shared to journeys across place and time, he reminds us of the ways we are all—human, animal, vehicle and land—always in relationship, running along together through the night between departure and arrival. Kerr is a caretaker of contemporary Métis prairie life that thrums in cities and in grasslands, and these poems tenderly mark the endlessness of this place.”


–Jason Purcell, author of Swollening


Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889714465
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8 in - 112 pp
Publication Date: 01/04/2023
BISAC Subject(s):: POE011010-POETRY / Canadian / Indigenous,POE023040-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Places,POE015000-POETRY / American / Native American 
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Métis Ukrainian writer Conor Kerr’s sharp and incisive poems move restlessly across landscapes and time.

Conor Kerr’s poetry is in constant motion. 4Runners streak through the night, racing with coyotes and roving across the land. Buses travel from town to town, from one memory to another, from past to present. Friends and lovers search for each other on Instagram and find nothing. And always the natural world travels alongside: the watching magpies, woodpeckers and cedar waxwings, the coyotes and porcupines. Family is the crisp wings of mallard ducks flying at dawn, just as it is a game of crib, a Mario Kart race, a dance party.

Old Gods defies colonialism on the Prairies. Kerr situates his reader in the Métis mindset: the old gods of the land are alive within the rivers, the birds, the hills and the prairies that surround us, and they’ll always be here.


 

“In Old Gods, Conor Kerr simultaneously exults in and elegizes the prairies and the many changing lives lived there. From stretched hands and stories shared to journeys across place and time, he reminds us of the ways we are all—human, animal, vehicle and land—always in relationship, running along together through the night between departure and arrival. Kerr is a caretaker of contemporary Métis prairie life that thrums in cities and in grasslands, and these poems tenderly mark the endlessness of this place.”


–Jason Purcell, author of Swollening

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Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889714465
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8 in - 112 pp
Publication Date: 01/04/2023
BISAC Subject(s):: POE011010-POETRY / Canadian / Indigenous,POE023040-POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Places,POE015000-POETRY / American / Native American 
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