- A Really Good Brown Girl
- Marilyn Dumont
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Winner of 1997 Gerald Lampert Award for first book of poetry (League of Canadian Poets), Globe 100 book 1997 and Honourable Mention in the 1997 VanCity Book Prize
Marilyn Dumont's Metis heritage offers her challenges that few of us welcome. Here she turns them to opportunities: in a voice that is fierce, direct, and true, she explores and transcends the multiple boundaries imposed by society of the self. She mocks, with exasperation and sly humour, the banal exploitation of Indianness ("there it is again, the circle, that goddamned circle, as if we thought in circles, judged things on the merit of their circularity, as if all we ate was bologna and bannock and lived in teepees"); more-Indian-than-thou oneupmanship ("So, I'm having coffee with this treaty guy from up north ... I say I'm Metis like it's an apology and he says, 'mmh,' like he forgives me, like he's got a big heart and mine's pumping diluted blood"); and white condescension and ignorance ("The White Judges"). She celebrates the person, clearly observing, who defines her own life. These are Indian poems; Canadian poems; human poems.
This is Marilyn's first book of poetry.
"The Fourth Day of Writemas" - interview with Marilyn Dumont by Katharena Vermette at The Writers' Collective of Manitoba, December 15, 2010
12 or 20 questions: with Marilyn Dumont - conducted by rob mclennan - October 1, 2007
Marilyn Dumont: a poet's confession – March 19, 2007 - On Feb. 8, York’s Canadian Writers in Person course and reading series presented poet Marilyn Dumont. York teaching assistant Chris Cornish sent this report to YFile.
- Revisiting A Really Good Brown Girl by Michelle La Flamme (thirdspace 2/2 (March 2003))
- Irony, Métis Style: Reading the Poetry of Marilyn Dumont and Gregory Scofield by Jennifer Andrews (Canadian Poetry, Volume 50, spring/summer 2002)
- Names to Remember: four fine new poets by Susan Musgrave (Vancouver Sun (August 3, 1996))
- A Really Good Brown Birl by Marilyn Dumont by Harriet Zaidman (Canadian Materials, Volume III, Number 9, January 3, 1997)
- Irony, Metis Style: Reading the Poetry of Marilyn Dumont and Gregory Scofield by Jennifer Andrews (Canadian Poetry, volume 50)
- A Really Good Brown Girl by Marilyn Dumont by Barbara Carey (The Malahat Review (119), summer 1996)
- Voices from the Urban Rez by Nancy Cooper (ARC, Spring 1997)
- A Really Good Brown Girl by Marilyn Dumont by Lee Elliott (Other Voices, Fall 1996)
- The View from the Keyhole by Gary Geddes (BC Bookworld, Autumn 1996)