Shortlisted for the 2015 Pat Lowther Memorial Award!
Author: Joanne Arnott
llustrations: Leo Yerxa
In Halfling Spring , a series of notes unfolds the dance of desire versus trust through a long season of actual and metaphorical springtime.
Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed blood mother of six, and in this collection she continues her explorations of love, intimacy, and family, with a focus on electronic connections (internet love). Transiting Canada from Victoria to Iqaluit, and transitioning from virtual to real (fantasy to reality), she inspects the realms of miscegenation and love in a class conscious and cross-cultural context, revealing en route the many ways that our deepest connections unveil the depths of old pain.
Optimistic and playful, romantic and mythic, affirming embodiment, this process of poetic revelation shows all the dirty tricks of love.
the trees are still bending south
By Author: Sharron Proulx-Turner
“I walked into this woman’s dreams through the pages of this book searching for he ghosts that inhabit these pages. I met Louis for the first time in a woman’s voice, a strong voice, a proud voice that had not sung for more than a hundred years…” Duncan (Keewatin)Mercredi –author of Wolf and Shadows
The Recklessness of Love
by author: Al Hunter.
"It gives us a hundred voices with one spirit in his book"
In his poems he's a lonely heart, a frozen Northerner, a dirty-talking dreamer, he's Bob Dylan, and he's a Rez Dog---Heid E. Erdrich, author of National Monuments and The Mother's Tongue
'The Recklessness of Love', the latest book of poetry from Al Hunter is a collection of beautifully crafted poems that are at times erotic, brooding and world-weary. There is edginess, passion, and, at times, desperation to these poems. Some are irreverent, some dreamlike, some filled with a mixture of sex and spirituality and in others pop icons appear. Hunter brilliantly conveys the frustration, surrender, longing, pain and loving that go with being human.
The Long Dance
by author: David A Groulx
"I am delighted with the polemical irreverence David Groulx brings to some of his poetry. He has a keen sense of the contradictions that being native means in a nation that still distrusts and discounts his cultural/historical existence."
- Marilyn Dumont
The Glass Lodge
by author: John McDonald.
"A compelling first book of poetry by young Mistawasis Cree writer John MacDonald, 'The Glass Lodge' is fearless in its descriptions of the often harsh realities of life for a young Aboriginal man. The poetry is honest, frank, passionate, and energetic. From sex, drugs, and rock and roll, to love won and lost the poems range from heartfelt laments, to love poems, to joyful songs of praise.
Dealing with life on the streets, drug and alcohol addiction, racism, gangbanging, young love, and identity, 'The Glass Lodge' is a celebration of overcoming despair, finding one's voice, surviving, and ultimately, discovering one's place in the world" 'The Glass Lodge' transcends all the cliches of the angst- ridden Urban Indian. Mc Donald's verse is a brilliant fusion of the brutality and hope that is inherent in the Aboriginal experience. I have never read poetry that so closely resembled my own experience as a First Nations man." Darrell Dennis, Writer 'Tales of an Urban Indian', 'Moccasin Flats'
That Tongued Belonging Winner of the 2007 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award!
by author: Marilyn Dumont
The newest book from award-winning Metis poet Marilyn Dumont, is a collection of poems which search for acceptance in language, culture, love and geographical land- scapes. These poems celebrate the humour and tenacity of Aboriginal women, lament the death of a mother and recall the degradation of Aboriginal women, while challenging accepted ideas of love, age and femininity.
by author: Joanne Arnott.
"Natohta, listen. A woman is coming down from the mountain bearing a basket of poems, love songs for her nicimos, her sweetheart who has moved from shadows into the light. Natohta, listen.
A women is coming down from the mountain, sacred in her bones. ...she is singing from the marrow, from her woman heart."
- Gregory Scofield
Seven Deer Dancing
by author: Rolland Nadjiwon.
"...Working in the spirit of artists such as Norval Morrisseau, Nadjiwon's voice is unique and masterful, touching sounds into drum songs emerging from the centre of an ancient sacred fire. Read and listen, you will be transformed."
- Karl Jirgens, Editor, Rampike
My Heart is a Stray Bullet
by author: Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
"Damm's cries for belonging seem to touch chords for all humankind in the late 20th century."
- The Ottawa Citizen
Love Medicine and One Song
by author: Gregory Scofield
"This collection is spring bear, ample and lean. Haunting and bold. Gorgeous." -Joseph Boyden, author of 'Through Black Spruce', winner of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize
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.