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Kiskajeyi- I AM READY
A Hermeneutic exploration of Mi'kmaq komqwejwi'kasikl poetry
By (author): Michelle Sylliboy By (photographer): Michelle Sylliboy
Michelle Sylliboy ,

By (photographer) :

Michelle Sylliboy


Rebel Mountain Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Apr 14, 2019
$19.99 CAD


9in x 6 x 0.21 in | 0.32 lb

Page Count:

76 pages


11 illustrations
Rebel Mountain Press
POETRY / Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island
Poetry|Poetry|Fiction: general and literary|Relating to Native American people
Indigenous Voices Awards : category of Published Poetry (English) 2020, Winner

Kiskajeyi- I AM READY is a ground breaking Indigenous poetry book that also includes ancient Mi'kmaq (L'nuk) hieroglyphics. In 2020, Kiskajeyi- I AM READY won the Canadian Indigenous Voices Award (IVAs) for Published Poetry (English category). Indigenous artist and writer, Michelle Sylliboy blends her poetry, photography, and Mi'kmaq (L'nuk) hieroglyphic poetry in this unprecedented book.

Michelle Sylliboy, a Mi'kmaq (L'nuk) artist/author, was raised on unceded territory in We'koqmaq, Cape Breton, NS. PhD Candidate, Michelle is working on her Philosophy of Education Doctorate Degree fieldwork where she will combine her artistic background and education by creating a L'nuk Komqwejwi'kasikl (Hieroglyphic) curriculum with L'nuk teachers and Elders in Cape Breton, NS.

"Crystalline and fluid, the word art and visuals of Michelle emerges sharp, poignant and catalytic moving us between our world and the one surrounding us, challenging us to continuously create visions of unspoken love that resides in the imagination of all of us." -Lee Maracle (Sto:lo) author of Memory Serves, Celia's Song

"Michelle's poetry, the weaving of images and the hieroglyphs bring us tidal waves of energies from centuries past, like a wave crashing they are a much-needed call to each of us to remember our ancestors. A prayer in motion, this collection acknowledges the brokenness and beauty that exists within each of us. It will save lives." -Jónína Kirton (Métis/Icelandic) author of An Honest Woman

"Michelle Sylliboy's I am Ready poetry collection is a cultural basket filled with the poet's harvest in words, in ancient Komqwej'wikasikl hieroglyphics and perfectly accented photographs. Michelle shows us there is poetry in frozen water drops attached precariously to vegetation. The graphic language symbols are offered as evidence of her survival and that of her people. We are treated to wise life lessons collected together in verse. I am Ready reflects a sentiment to be ready to return to self. Quite inspiring." Janet Rogers (Mohawk/Tuscarora) author of As Long as the Sun Shines

"On a first approach to Mi'kmaq poet Michelle Sylliboy's work, one might quickly notice her interdisciplinary approach to interacting with the world around her. On a closer look, one might also recognize how much of that world reverberates through her. Sylliboy absorbs and projects her surroundings: her home-territory of We'koqma'q, Cape Breton on one coast and Coast Salish country on the other. In both cases, she finds herself on unceded lands. Her art is a personal refraction of these places and their people, which she endeavours to represent in a multifaceted expression in her provocative new collection, Kiskajeyi -- I Am Ready. The subtitle of Sylliboy's work is "a Hermeneutic exploration of Mi'kmaq komqwejwi'kasikl poetry." Hermeneutics is a way of understanding an historical (and often biblical) text that aims to reconnect with the mind of its authors. To that end, Sylliboy populates her work with modern poetry, photography, and verse written in the komqwejwi'kasikl hieroglyphic writing system. "-Paul Falardeau, , Ormsby Review

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