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A history of my brief body : a memoir
—Belcourt, Billy-Ray, author.
Book
2020
3 available of 18 items

"A profound meditation on queerness and indigeneity from the youngest ever winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize. Billy-Ray Belcourt begins A History of My Brief Body with a letter to his nohkom, his grandmother. "In the world-to-come," he writes, "everyone is loved by an NDN woman like you whose soft voice reminds us that we can stop running now." What follows is a charting of the distance between the world he was born into and the world he wants--a book as beautiful as it is devastating. Reflecting on his personal history, Belcourt maps his "un-Canadian and otherworldly" desire to love at all costs. We're taken to his birthplace in Joussard, in northern Alberta, where he and his twin brother come to exemplify opposites: hard and soft, masculine and feminine. To his high school graduation, where a hug from his father teaches him how to hold and be held. To a hotel room in Edmonton, where destroying the photographic evidence of his adolescence is an act of self-abolition and of making himself anew. Blending memoir and essay, and with a poet's delight in language, A History of My Brief Body is both a grappling with a legacy of trauma and a record of the joy that flourishes in spite of it."-- Provided by publisher.

Item Details
Subjects:
Belcourt, Billy-Ray -- Childhood and youth.
Belcourt, Billy-Ray.
Gay men -- Canada -- Biography.
Indigenous peoples -- Canada -- Biography.
Native peoples -- Canada -- Biography.
Poets, Canadian (English) -- 21st century -- Biography.
Sexual minorities -- Canada -- Biography.
Genre:
Autobiographies.
Biographies.
Essays.
ISBN:
9780735237780
0735237786
Description:
173 pages ; 20 cm
Notes:
Subtitle from cover.
Canadiana.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents:
An NDN boyhood
A history of my brief body
Futuromania
Gay : 8 scenes
Loneliness in the age of Grindr
Fragments from a half-existence
An alphabet of longing
Robert
Notes from an archive of injuries
Please keep loving : reflections on unlivability
Fatal naming rituals
To hang our grief up to dry.
Link to PAC
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