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The River 8e - River Stories

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Red River Stories

Words from a poem line the edge of a building, they read 'this river is the reason we are all here / she carried us all / on her broad brown back / without complaint'

[imagecaption] This river is the reason we are all here/she carried us all/on her broad brown back/without complaint. Lines from a poem by Katherena Vermette engraved on a building at the University of Manitoba. Photo: Barry Lavallee. [/imagecaption]

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I need to hear
the stories of the river
about when she was young
and her brown water
clean
loved
Katherena Vermette, ‘riverstory’, in river woman


this river is a woman
she’s been dredged
and dragged
metal coils catch
her tangled hair
everyone wants to know
her secrets but
she keeps them
won’t let them go
unless she trusts you
unless you ask real nice
unless she just
feels like it

Katherena Vermette, ‘river woman


 


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