UNIT 6: Poetry

There is so much great poetry being produced by Indigenous poets these days. We are lucky to have several EXCELLENT anthologies and poetry collections from individual poets, which are all available for you to use to find some great poems. Below are some of the books we have available at Nala’atsi:

Native Poetry in Canada: A Contemporary Anthology
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women – Lisa Charleyboy
An Anthology of Native Literature in English
This Wound is a World –
Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Colour of Resistance: A Contemporary Collection of Writing by Aboriginal Women
The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement
Full-Metal Indigiqueer –
Joshua Whitehead
North End Love Songs – Katherena Vermette
Islands of Decolonial Love – Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Injun – Jordan Abel
Witness, I Am – 
Gregory Scofield
The Mi’kmaq Anthology – Rita Joe & Lesley Choyce

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Below are some poems that students have analyzed in the past:

History Lesson” – Jeannette Armstrong

“The Beaver” – Duke Redbird

“Honour Song” – Beth Brant

“I Lost My Talk” – Rita Joe

Check out Lelaina’s niece’s excellent poetry below (you can choose any of these poems to analyze):


Check out more of Valeen’s poetry here: Valeen Jules Poetry

ASSIGNMENT: Your assignment is to choose TWO poems that you like. You are going to analyze each poem using the worksheet below, which will guide you through your analysis. If you need a refresher on literary devices (metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, etc), this is an excellent & comprehensive resource: Literary Devices

Below is the worksheet:
Poetry Analysis