2018 is Kegedonce Press's 25th Anniversary! As part of our celebrations, we will be presenting a retrospective on some of the wonderful books we have published over the years, featuring one each month. For January, we're looking at: LOVE MEDICINE AND ONE SONG by Gregory Scofield. Published in 2009, featuring an introduction by Warren Cariou.
A beautiful, luscious, and healing collection of poetry from one of Canada's greatest Indigenous poets. These poems are the medicine of love.
In Love Medicine and One Song, Gregory Scofield steps out of the urban rez and enters the fields of love. Intertwining lush scenes from the natural world with images of the human body, the poems in 'Love Medicine and One Song' celebrate human relationships with the land, and with the bodies of ourselves and our lovers. Beautiful, luscious, and erotic, these poems are the medicine of love.
“he is mountain lion / chewing bones, tasting marrow / rain water / trickling down my spine / he is spring bear / ample and lean / his berry tongue quick, / sweet from the feasting.” —excerpt from “He is,” Love Medicine and One Song.
“Daring to find ceremonies of healing in the earthly musk of erotic love, Gregory Scofield embeds images as precise as a taut drum in rhythms that haunt, knead flesh, and enter the marrow of bone. These are poems aching to be read.” Sam McKegney, author of Magic Weaons, Aboriginal Writers Reaking Community After Residential School.
Gregory Scofield is one of Canada's leading Aboriginal writers, whose numerous collections of poetry have earned him both a national and international audience. He is known for his unique and dynamic reading style that blends oral storytelling, song, spoken word and the Cree language. His maternal ancestry can be traced back to the fur trade and to the Métis community of Kinosota, Manitoba. His poetry and memoir, Thunder Through My Veins (Harper Collins, 1999) is taught at numerous universities and colleges throughout Canada and the U.S., and his work has appeared in many anthologies. He was the subject of a feature length documentary, Singing Home The Bones: A Poet Becomes Himself (The Maystreet Group, 2007) that aired on CHUM TV, BRAVO!, APTN, and the Saskatchewan Television Network. He has served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba and Memorial University of Newfoundland.