Scofflaw is a long poem, a playful exploration of Indigenous-Settler relations amid globalized pressures. For the most part, the poem is a lyrical dialectic flowing between a shadowy figure known as Scofflaw and an enigmatic “we.” The content ranges from the effect of pesticides on Manitoba butterflies to the reworking of a John Newlove poem on Indigenous peoples to Native remains beneath the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The text culminates in a “lexicon standoff,” where Scofflaw uses metaphysical means to avoid a character assassination, battling against the culling of words from the language.

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  • Garry Thomas Morse

    Garry Thomas Morse is a two-time nominee for the Governor General’s Award. His most recent titles are a novel, Yams Do Not Exist, and a poetry title, Scofflaw.