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A history of my brief body / Billy-Ray Belcourt.

Author/Creator:
Belcourt, Billy-Ray, author.
Publication:
St Lucia, QLD : University of Queensland Press, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
173 pages ; 20 cm
Edition:
Australian edition.
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Other Title:
History of my brief body : a memoir
Subjects:
Indigenous peoples -- Canada -- Biography.
Sexual minorities -- Canada -- Biography.
Indigenous peoples.
Sexual minorities.
Belcourt, Billy-Ray.
Belcourt, Billy-Ray -- Childhood and youth.
Canada.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
Summary:
Dazzling collection of personal essays from internationally acclaimed First Nations Canadian writer Billy-Ray Belcourt, who mines his own personal history to reconcile the world he was born into with the world that could be.Billy-Ray Belcourt's collection of personal essays opens with a tender letter to his kokum and memories of his early life in the hamlet of Joussard, Alberta, and on the Driftpile Cree Nation. From there, it expands to encompass the big and broken world around him, in all its complexity and contradictions: a legacy of colonial violence and the joy that flourishes in spite of it, first loves and first loves lost, sexual exploration and intimacy, and the act of writing as a survival instinct and a way to grieve. What emerges is not only a profound meditation on memory, gender, anger, shame and ecstasy, but also the outline of a way forward. With startling honesty, and in a voice distinctly and assuredly his own, Belcourt situates his life experiences within a constellation of seminal queer texts, among which this book is sure to earn its place. Eye-opening, intensely emotional and excessively quotable, A History of My Brief Body demonstrates over and over again the power of words to both devastate and console us.
Contents:
Preface: a letter to Nôhkom
Introduction: A short theoretical note
An NDN boyhood
A history of my brief body
Futuromania
Gay: 8 scenes
Loneliness in the age of Grindr
Fragments from a half-existence
An alphabet of longing
Robert
Notes from an archive of injuries
Please keep loving: reflections on unlivability
Fatal naming rituals
To hang our grief up to dry.
Notes:
Prepublication record (machine generated from publisher information)
Includes bibliographical references.
Other format:
Electronic version: Belcourt, Billy-Ray. History of my brief body.
ISBN:
9780702263354
0702263354
OCLC:
1240367089
Publisher Number:
99988112425