In Mi’kmaq Country: Selected Poems and Stories

Review by Trace A DeMeyer
News From Indian Country October 2010

In this beautiful debut work, In Mi'kmaq Country: Selected Poems and Stories, Alice M. Azure's words are as polished as sea glass and as rare and unique. Each poem the Mi'kmaq poet writes shines in depth, clarity and meaning. 

In three deeply personal essays, it feels like a conversation with Azure, a gift too few writers accomplish.

In the poem, "Walking In the Rain… for Joan Williams Azure," she muses, "A quarter century has passed, yet your written words upon this coffee-stained cardboard scrap, liven my spirit with new meaning: Ka Mi Ya Nu Sa'qua - Walking in the Rain - use this name in the fall, after the prayer feast, so it will be strong…" Years pass, she writes, before she owns the name's power and becomes Walking in the Rain.

Despite a hearing disability, Azure realized she didn't need ears to hear spirit and cleverly describes the invisibles who still communicate in her essay "A Round Dance Song."  On every page, Azure shows remarkable insight and honesty, as remarkable as the voices and memories she shares in this collection.

Just 79 pages, readers will enjoy the variety in this debut work and will only wish there was more to savor.

BOX THIS WITH BOOK COVER: In Mi'kmaq Country: Selected poems and stories, Alice M. Azure, Albatross Press, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-9663371-1-2.
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Trace A. DeMeyer, Cherokee-Shawnee, is the author of ONE SMALL SACRIFICE: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects (2010), available on She is a contributor and book reviewer at News From Indian Country and lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Her email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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