This Accident of Being Lost: Songs and Stories by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

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This Accident of Being Lost: Songs and Stories Read Online Free - This Accident of Being Lost is the knife-sharp new collection of stories and songs from award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. These visionary pieces build upon Simpson's powerful use of the fragment as a tool for intervention in her critically acclaimed collection Islands of Decolonial Love. Provocateur and poet, she continually rebirths a decolonized reality, one that circles in and out of time and resists dominant narratives or comfortable categorization. A crow watches over a deer addicted to road salt; Lake Ontario floods Toronto to remake the world while texting "ARE THEY GETTING IT?"; lovers visit the last remaining corner of the boreal forest; three comrades guerrilla-tap maples in an upper middle-class neighbourhood; and Kwe gets her firearms license in rural Ontario. Blending elements of Nishnaabeg storytelling, science fiction, contemporary realism, and the lyric voice, This Accident of Being Lost burns with a quiet intensity, like a campfire in your backyard, challenging you to reconsider the world you thought you knew.

Title : This Accident of Being Lost: Songs and Stories
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ISBN : 1487001274
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 152 pages


Lydia rated it ★★★★☆

July 18, 2017

Simpson uses fiction as a vehicle to tell the truth. And when fiction feels true, or real, it makes it all that much better. Her short fiction has distinctive multiple voices but I can feel her author’s touch in all of them and she makes me think about how I could be a better author or writer. Her...

Tree rated it ★★★★☆

May 14, 2017

I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I always strive to read diverse literature but I truly didn't know what to expect from this book. Strong. Unapologetic. Honest. Heartbreak. Love. Those are all words that vaguely encompass the many facets of this piece of written art. I feel that I am...

Maggie rated it ★★★★☆

August 10, 2017

This Accident of Being Lost is a collection of poetry from an Indigenous writer that delves into both spirituality and day-to-day themes. It was a fascinating collection of techniques, with prose poems and lyrics intertwined to tell several related stories. Will have to seek out more of Simpson's...

Anne rated it ★★★★★

August 08, 2017

I've never read such an explosion of stories and poems as these. Every single poem, every single story, I wanted to share and share with friends, family, strangers on the street. I wanted to read them out loud and absorb them into me. Each one carries emotions and senses that you can't always put...

Erik rated it ★★★★☆

February 04, 2018

wow. I loved this. a refreshing read that somehow manages to punch with antagonistic force ((esp if you're a white reader -- listen to your discomfort)) but at the same time never dwells too long in self seriousness, lingering on the edges of self deprecation and honest self assessment. tough to...

Ian rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2018

Simultaneously hilarious, furious, and heart-wrenching: a collection that deserves to stand the test of time.

Kelly rated it ★☆☆☆☆

December 03, 2017

...I didn’t get it. I don’t think I’m artsy/academic enough, so just not my thing!

Robyn rated it ★★★★☆

July 17, 2017

Hilarious, breathtaking and strange. Always grateful to read new work from Leeanne Betasamosake Simpson.

Maayan rated it ★★★★☆

December 22, 2017

This is a pretty different experience than other indigenous literature I've read. It's very funny, extremely contemporary in sensibility and form, and even futuristic. Simpson's stories are a reflection of her nation's storytelling traditions, but are also a brand new invention of them in 2017. T...

Nick rated it ★★★★☆

October 14, 2017

I found this to be an intriguing little collection of poetry and micro-stories. Some of the texts in this collection are light and breezy, and some require multiple reads to get at the layers of their depth. Some of the texts are too ambiguous, too random, or too full of terms I don't understand...

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