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Massacre Street

Paul Wm. Zits

Canadian Studies, Poetry

Published: February 2013
ISBN: 9780888646750
Pages: 112 Size: 5.25x8.75

The storm had been long brewing

The cloud in the West no bigger
than a man's hand

Merging poetry and historical records, Zits masterfully (re)creates a poetic view of the Frog Lake Massacre of April 2, 1885. His collage and cut-up techniques challenge the histories penned by the event's recorders and reflect upon the difficult and painful complexities of past and present. He weaves together voices of Métis and First Nations participants, settlers, and military officials, using tape transcripts, historical accounts, memoirs, and footnotes to create a unique, non-narrative historiography of fragmented poetic language. This innovative work of literary montage digs deep into a historic period that continues to garner scholarly and public interest. Readers interested in poetry and aboriginal history will find this an intriguing new collection.

Paul Wm. Zits is a poet whose work has been widely published in various literary journals, including Canadian Literature and Arc Poetry Magazine. He lives in Calgary.