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As Kegedonce celebrates its 25th anniversary year, we look back at some of our most memorable and important publications.

April is National Poetry Month, and this month we're pleased to focus on Joanne Arnott's wonderful collection, Halfling Spring: an internet romance.

Published in 2013, Halfling Spring is poetry that tracks the transformative aspects of desire through updates or notes posted thrugh a variety of virtual and real landscapes. Vivid ink and soft charcoal sketches by award-winning artist-author Leo Yerxa interweave with Joanne Arnott's love poetry, accompanying and illuminating the work. Traditional stories, electronic metaphors, bird life and geographic observastions, literary and song references combine with dream imagery and conversational turns, tracking the early stages of a love affair. Wtih refreshing simplicity, this book presents these artists' reflections upon the complexities of the inner life, and the weathers and landscapes of love.

Joanne's first book of poetry won the Gerald Lampert award in 1992 and in 2017, Joanne was awarded the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts. 

"Her word an intimate song, the reader is led by the heart, from the Pacific, to the Rideau, to the far northern sea. Yet her words are both delicate and compelling, and the flower is not only a fragile one; in chorus, 'a water lily is thriving,' and rooted below the reader, Arnott's words are a powerful medicine." Sharron Proulx-Turner, author of Where the Rivers Join, what the auntys say, and creole métisse of french canada, me.

From Halfling Spring:

Textuality

i write his name, Alastair
then i put a comma beside his name

Alastair,

i see that the comma beside his name 
is like my hand on his shoulder, neck, face

i enjoy this
i write his name
i place my comma

Alastair,

 Find a wonderful review of Halfling Spring, by James MacKay,  here

 

Award-winning author David A. Groulx published the poetry collection Wabigoon River Poems with Kegedonce in 2015.

"Wabigoon River Poems is breathtakingly beautiful. The poems tackle a wide range of issues such as genocide, revolution, and survival. David Groulx does not just speak of Indigenous struggles but he also places other battles, other atrocities and other genocides committed worldwide." Christine McFarlane, Anishinaabek News. 

Sketch of a Small Town

In my small town
Ontario
some young children
were playing cowboys & Indians
and hanged
a younger Native boy
playing Indian

The police cut down the body
and he kicked a bit
like a pony

David A. Groulx, Wabigoon River Poems, p. 8.

As Kegedonce celebrates its 25th anniversary year, we look back at some of our most memorable and important publications.

This month: two poetry collections by writer, multi-disciplinary artist, musician, and filmmaker Chris Bose, A Moon Made of Copper and Stone the Crow. Chris's poetry creates raw, real worlds that powerfully draw on his personal experiences of meetings and wanderings in urban settings across Canada.  

A Moon Made of Copper

A Moon Made of Copper (2014)

A Moon Made of Copper is a collection of non-fiction poems that look at the continual maturing and growth of a human being. The poems were written while touring across Canada, and they capture Bose’s experiences meeting people, wandering different cities, and getting into adventures and mis-adventures.

…sometimes living the dream gives you nightmares…

"...this collection is brutal, bloody and brilliant. Chris Bose is one of my all time inspirations. What a ferociously gorgeous roar! WOW!" Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed and Angel Wing Splash Pattern 

Stone The CrowStone the Crow (2009)

Chris Bose's first collection of contemporary urban native poetry. The author takes the reader with him as he chases after coyote down the mountains on the back of a blue horse, riding across the river and into the concrete forests of the urban reservations of Canada.

 "An important new voice on the Native literary scene, a voice much needed, a voice well expressed. A writer to watch." Tomson Highway.

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.

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