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Words Lodged in Muscle and Bone: Lee Maracle’s Talking to the Diaspora

Maracle’s free verse collection, Talking to the Diaspora, functions as a transcription and song of a life that has spanned decades of personal experience and political activism. The poems modulate from elegy to anger and back again: bones and songs, flutes and drums, are common tropes that run through the poems. There is also dry political irony delivered with cutting wit, as in “Language”: