Merging poetry and historical records, Paul Zits masterfully (re)creates a poetic view of the Frog Lake Massacre of April 2, 1885.
His collage and cut-up techniques challenge the histories penned by the event's recorders and reflect upon the difficult and painful complexities of past and present. He weaves together the voices of Métis and First Nations participants, settlers and military officials by using tape transcripts, historical accounts, memoirs and footnotes to create a unique, non-narrative historiography of fragmented poetic language.
This innovative work of literary montage digs deep into a historic period that continues to garner scholarly and public interest. Readers interested in poetry and Canadian history will find this an intriguing new collection.