Discovery PassagesFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889226609 | paperback / softback

$17.95 | 96 pages | Pub. Date: 2011
6.00 W × 9.00 H × 1 D inches
Poetry | Backlist | Bisac: POE011000
ISBN 13: 9780889226609 | Rights: WORLD

With breathtaking virtuosity, Garry Thomas Morse sets out to recover the appropriated, stolen and scattered world of his ancestral people from Alert Bay to Quadra Island to Vancouver, retracing Captain Vancouver’s original sailing route. These poems draw upon both written history and oral tradition to reflect all of the respective stories of the community, which vocally weave in and out of the dialogics of the text.

A dramatic symphony of many voices, Discovery Passages uncovers the political, commercial, intellectual and cultural subtexts of the Native ­language ban, the potlatch ban and the confiscation and sale of Aboriginal artifacts to museums by Indian agents, and how these actions affected the lives of both Native and non-Native inhabitants of the region. This displacement of language and artifacts reverberated as a profound cultural disjuncture on a personal level for the author’s ­people, the Kwakwaka’wakw, as their family and tribal possessions became at once both museum artifacts and a continuation of the ­tradition of memory through another language. Morse’s continuous poetic dialogue of “discovery” and “recovery” reaches as far as the Lenape, the original Native inhabitants of Mannahatta in what is now known as New York, and on across the Atlantic in pursuit of the European roots of the “Voyages of Discovery” in the works of Sappho, Socrates, Virgil and Frazer’s The Golden Bough, only to reappear on the American continent to find their psychotic apotheosis in the poetry of Duncan Campbell Scott.

With tales of Chiefs Billy Assu, Harry Assu and James Sewid; the ­family story “The Young Healer”; and transformed passages from Whitman, Pound, Williams and Bowering, Discovery Passages links Kwakwaka’wakw traditions of the past with contemporary poetic ­tradition in B.C. that encompasses the entire scope of ­relations between oral and vocal ­tradition, ancient ritual, historical ­contextuality and our continuing rites.

Short-listed 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry

Short-listed 2012 BC Book Prize: Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

Joint winner 2011 One of the Top Ten Poetry Collections (Globe and Mail)

Joint winner 2012 One of the Best Ten Aboriginal Books from the past decade CBC - 8th Fire

By Garry Thomas Morse

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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news | 2015-11-16
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news | 2015-03-30
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news | 2014-03-05
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news | 2013-08-21
First Nation Communities Read 2013–2014

…Richard Wagamese. The reading list also includes Discovery Passages , by our own Garry Thomas Morse, and Unearthed …


news | 2013-08-12
8th Fire’s Essential Reads List

…Indian by Basil Johnston (Kegedonce Press, 2010) Discovery Passages by Garry Thomas Morse CBC published a slide show …


news | 2013-06-24
That’s a Wrap on the 2013 Whitehorse Poetry Festival

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news | 2012-05-23
Aboriginal Awareness Week in 2012

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news | 2012-03-08
Shortlists for 2012 B.C. Book Prizes Announced!

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news | 2011-10-11
B.C. and the GGs in 2011

…English-language poetry Garry Thomas Morse, Discovery Passages (Talonbooks) Susan Musgrave, Origami Dove …


events | 2014-05-03
Meet Garry Thomas Morse at FanExpo Regina

…includes the Governor General’s Award–nominated Discovery Passages (an exploration of his mother’s Kwakwaka’wakw …