Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and holds a Masters of Studies in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford. In 2016, he was named one of six Indigenous writers to watch by CBC Books. He was the winner of the 2016 P.K. Page Founder’s Award for Poetry.
This Wound is a World
Part manifesto, part memoir, This Wound is a World is an invitation to “cut a hole in the sky to world inside.” Belcourt issues a call to turn to love and sex to understand how Indigenous peoples shoulder sadness and pain like theirs without giving up on the future. His poems upset genre and play with form, scavenging for a decolonial kind of heaven where “everyone is at least a little gay.”