49th Parallel Psalm

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arsenal pulp press, 1999 - Poetry - 175 pages
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Wayde Compton's first poetry book: a stunning set of poems documenting the migration of blacks to Canada, specifically when the first black settlers-facing an increasingly hostile racist government-left San Francisco and travelled north to British Columbia beginning in 1858.

With recurring themes of the unknowable, the crossroads, the trickster, and entropy, 49th Parallel Psalm jumbles history, time, and the Canadian black literary canon.

Shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize
Now in its 2nd printing

 

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Contents

MC
14
Records
31
Jump Rope Rhyme of the 49er Daughters
39
Berth Prayer
52
God Save The Queen Fragment
61
Biography of Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
68
Facing the Blues
114
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About the author (1999)

Wayde Compton is a poet, turntablist, and black historian in Vancouver.

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