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
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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...
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...
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...
May 02, 2017
the family finds out
this land floods
with dead indians
this river swells
cold arms of ice
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...
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...
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...
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...
February 15, 2017
This is an excellent companion to Vermette's novel, The Break. In fact, the first poem is very reminiscent of a scene in the novel. But, even without the novel, it's a wonderful collection. I particularly loved the section titled "November," which is a sad and beautiful tribute to a lost brother....
March 14, 2017
deceptively simple, these poems contain a gamut of emotions.
a fitting companion to The Break