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Guernica Editions Fall 2020

I Will Be Corrupted
By (author): Joseph Dandurand
Joseph Dandurand


Guernica Editions - Hamilton



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 01, 2020
$20.00 CAD


9in x 6 x 0.3 in | 1 gr

Page Count:

125 pages
Guernica Editions
POETRY / Canadian / Indigenous
A tale of a Kwantlen man who has been given the gift of healing but also is a heroin addict living on the eastside, what drove the author to write this book of poems was how the voice of the Healer came to him and it was with ease that each poem showed itself. It was if he were right there either talking to a Sasquatch or crawling down an alley on the eastside of Vancouver. It almost has a film quality to it as if each poem is a scene from an epic tale. This is a book of hope, loss, and hopefully a sense of redemption for all the poor souls who find themselves on the street and lost from where they truly come from.

Joseph A Dandurand’s thirteenth book of poetry, I Will Be Corrupted, is a powerful work in its depth and craft and beautiful in its simplicity and form. With raw, relentless energy, Dandurand, a member of Kwantlen First Nation on the Fraser River near Vancouver, writes honestly about his life and past: the trauma caused by colonialism, Catholicism, addiction, and trauma, as well as the healing found in cultural traditions, spirituality, fishing, and writing. I Will Be Corrupted is a mature work that finds a measure of acceptance in past injuries and mistakes but also acknowledges a complicated future. For Dandurand, ‘corruption’ is turned on its head and becomes a channel of healing.

- FreeFall Magazine

Reviews of past work: "These are powerful visionary parables of suffering, redemption and retribution" --The Toronto Star "Dandurand's collection is a must for readers of Indigenous literature, settler colonial studies, Anthropocene literature, diverse futurisms, or just good poetry. SH:LAM is intense but immensely satisfying." --World Literature Today ?What makes Th?owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish truly unforgettable is in its engaging story steeped in tradition.? (Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents)

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