North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette

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Read North End Love Songs Online Free - For Katherena Vermette, Winnipeg’s North End is a neighbourhood of colourful birds, stately elms, and always wily rivers. It is where a brother’s disappearance is trivialized by local media and police because he is young and aboriginal. It is also where young girls share secrets, movies, cigarettes, Big Gulps and stories of love—where a young mother full of both maternal trepidation and joy watches her small daughters as they play in the park.

“In North End Love Songs, Katherena Vermette uses spare language and brief, telling sketches to illuminate the aviary of a prairie neighbourhood. Vermette’s love songs are unconventional and imminent, an examination and a celebration of family and community in all weathers, the beautiful as well as the less clement conditions. This collection is a very moving tribute, to the girls and the women, the boys and the men, and the loving trouble that has forever transpired between us.”
– Joanne Arnott

“From a mixed-blood Métis woman with Mennonite roots, Kate weaves a story that winds its way through the north end (Nor-tend) of Winnipeg. It’s a story of death, birth, survival, beauty and ugliness; through it all there are glimmers of hope, strength, and a will to survive whatever this city throws at you.” – Duncan Mercredi

Title : North End Love Songs
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ISBN : 1897289766
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 108 pages


Janet rated it ★★★★★

January 30, 2015

I loved this book. It should be part of the Canadian literature canon. It makes you think of what we are losing with the disappeared women, girls and men. Having lived in Winnipeg for years it was like a return to the city.


December 02, 2013

Hi, Everyone! Please check out my interview with Winnipeg poet Katherena Vermette as we discuss her latest collection North End Love Songs (The Muses Company, 2012), winner of the 2013 Governor General's Literary Award in Poetry. Read the interview and 3 poems from the book on my TTQ Blog now. ht...

Candice rated it ★★★★★

January 23, 2016

Katherena Vermette's imagery and poignant revelations about her metal-loving brother who went missing resonated with me both emotionally and politically. As Canada launches its national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, we also need to look at why so many Indigenous men go missi...

Richard rated it ★★★★★

January 04, 2013

Katherena Vermette's "North End Love Songs" has left me shivering with awe. You have to read this collection to believe what poetry can do!! My favourite poems in this collection are "new years", "indians", "heavy metal ballads", "epitaph", and I will read "I am a North End Girl" every time I need...

Philip rated it ★★★★☆

October 13, 2014

i started this book a bit sour on its simple language, but it wormed its way into my heart with the sparse lines and honest description of trial and tragedy. i think Katherena Vermette's line-breaks are deceptively powerful--as soon as i saw the cummings quote that started one of the sections in...

Shawn rated it ★★★★☆

May 02, 2017

indians drown the family finds out happens everyday this land floods with dead indians this river swells freezes breaks open cold arms of ice welcomes indians From "indians" by Katherena Vermette as published in North End Love Songs, 2012, 2015 North End Love Songs is a stark, dark, honest reflection on the...

Carolyn rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 13, 2016

This is a tough book to rate. I thought the first half was okay, none of the poems standing out to me. Even now, I can't remember any of them. The second half was awesome in a tragic, beautifully written, emotional way that captured the plight and fight of Indigenous Canadians. The resistance to...

Cee rated it ★★★★☆

November 26, 2014

Particularly moving for its familiar location and personal ties, NELS will leave you with images of loss and injustice with an 80's feel. Larger than life is the character of Wayne, metal head, older brother and tragic anti-hero. This cri de coeur should resonate in all compassionate souls.

Elizabeth rated it ★★★★★

March 07, 2018

I've been meaning to read Katherena Vermette's work for a little bit now, as I hear such positive things, and after reading volume one of A Girl Called Echo and realising it was fantastic (it's fantastic btw, and I absolutely recommend it), I figured I definitely needed to get on top of reading m...

Chris rated it ★★★★★

June 24, 2017

This year, I am reading CBC’s “12 Books by Indigenous Women You Should Read”. This is one of them. "North End Love Songs" is a collection of poetry by Métis poet Katherena Vermette about life in the north end of Winnipeg. The poems are personal, tragic, heart-rending, joyous, mundane and beautiful...

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