Mohawk spoken-word artist Janet Marie Rogers's newest collection pulses with the rhythms of the drum and the beat of the heart. Poems drawing on the language of the earth and inflected with the outspoken vocality of activism address the crises of modern land wars -- environmental destruction, territorial disputes, and resource depletion. This collection is confessional love, learned survival, ardent resistance, and unique poetry that wants to be spoken (aloud). If poetry is medicine, Peace in Duress is a cabinet full. ice water w the temperature of tea sustains until the next rez stop, re stop, re start life elevated in Utah, gawd hours houred in Arizona tumbleweeds and raw earth, looks like open battle wounds gorges burnt earth sagebrush holy land hot souls long roads ash-fault bill-borders built on the backs of black hispanics descent warnings foreshadowing rocks falling sun blocked bright rays make way for end-of-day rain don't drink the poison, don't you dare sigh with boredom hot winds die pulling down cloud poetry faces, places, displaces, wide-open Red horses of courses [from 3 Day Road ]
Janet Rogers is a celebrated spoken-word media artist and radio host. A Mohawk writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario, Rogers was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has resided in Victoria since 1994. She began her creative career as a visual artist, and began writing in 1996. Since then, she continues to stretch her abilities as a writer working and studying in the genres of poetry, short fiction, science fiction, play writing, and spoken-word performance poetry. She has three published poetry collections to date: Splitting the Heart (Ekstasis Editions, 2007); Red Erotic (Ojistah Publishing, 2010); and Unearthed (Leaf Press, 2011). In 2012, she was selected as the City of Victoria's third Poet Laureate for a three-year term ending November 30, 2014. Janet Rogers hosts Native Waves Radio on CFUV 101.9 FM and Tribal Clefs every Tuesday on CBC Radio One. Her video poem What Did You Do, Boy, created in support of a spoken word track from her CD Firewater, earned nominations at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in 2009 and the Native American Music Awards in 2010. Rogers's radio documentary Bring Your Drum (50 Years of Indigenous Protest Music), aired in July 2011 on CBC's Inside the Music and won the Best Radio award at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival in 2011.