On politics & literature

Beech_and_oak_trees_at_Appley_Park_-_1473I wrote a piece for the Town Crier‘s February theme of “Poetry & Activism,” a meditation on whether writers of literature have a duty to “be political.” The piece is up today.

Key to the piece is this debate between Wab Kinew and Stephen Lewis on what The Orenda accomplishes in a political sense. Lewis is pretty confident that the novel had a duty to reflect some key indigenous issues, and in focusing on Iroquois and Huron use of torture–instead of “pipelines or residential schools or land rights”–“The Orenda was an opportunity lost.” Kinew disagrees, as do I.

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