Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

Anvil Press

Scofflaw

Scofflaw

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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.


  • Publication: March 2021
  • ISBN: 978-1-77214-172-6
  • Pages: 96 pages
  • Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

Books by Garry Thomas Morse