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Fried Fish and Flour Biscuits


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Fried Fish and Flour Biscuits by Molly McGlennen
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Calling upon the personal memories and ancestral antecedents of her Anishinaabe family heritage, Molly McGlennen writes poems for Fried Fish and Flour Biscuits that render the continuance and celebration of the complex realities of Native American life in the 21st century. The collection of finely rendered lyrical and narrative pieces recounts the story of physical and spiritual nourishment, as the poet begins by telling her readers that her poems, like family recipes, are best served aloud, shared as gifts, and regarded as pieces of gratitude to be given away. Telling us how "memories flesh her fully," McGlennen paints an intricate but compassionate picture of growing up "away from the lakes that have always fed her family," and of urban life where she and the neighbor kids shoot hoops in alleyways and "fall asleep in the backs of old cars." Operating as a sort of give-away, McGlennen's collection weaves childhood memories, family histories, and present-day memorials as a means to forge paths of continuance of Indigenous culture. Narratives range from the connective trails of blueberry picking and walleye fishing, to the tragic freeways of protesting an execution at San Quentin, to the regenerative passageways of falling in love and giving birth. Finally, through the gesture of feeding "those networks of connection," each poem invigorates the life-ways inherent in sustaining cultural relationships even when one finds herself a great distance from her home.

Author Biography

Molly McGlennen was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is of Anishinaabe and European descent. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Native American Studies at Vassar College. McGlennen's poetry and scholarship is widely anthologized. Simon Ortiz calls Fried Fish and Flour Biscuits "food for our struggle and food for our victory as Indigenous people."
Release date NZ
November 30th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Salt Publishing
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