NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: Celebrating Indigenous Poetry

Five Weeks, Five Books
Celebrating Indigenous Poetry during National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and although it may seem like everything is suspended while we are practicing social distancing, we at Kegedonce heartily believe that we have more cause than ever to indulge in and celebrate poetry!

For the next five weeks, we will highlight five of our most recent poetry collections, one per week. Check out our website, Facebook and Instagram pages for images, excerpts and other tidbits about these five fabulous Indigenous poetry collections. Although we are not currently shipping orders from our local warehouse, all of our books can still be ordered online at All Lit Up. What better time to support Canadian poets and publishing! 

Week 1, Fireweed, by Tunchai Redvers.

9781928120186 smaller              It’s an almost miraculous sight, the flowering of fireweed across fire-blackened mountainsides in Canada’s north. Tunchai Redvers has taken this image of hope, healing, and beauty following crisis as a framework for her debut collection of poetry. Consisting of short, sometimes raw, but always hopeful poems, this collection traces experiences of pain, rebirth, re-grounding and spreading the seeds of healing. Dedicated to Indigenous youth, women, and two-spirit people, Fireweed offers a message of pride and self-love.
             Tunchai Redvers is the co-founder of We Matter, an advocacy organization that supports Indigenous youth.


Selected poem from Fireweed:

wrap your body
around your heart
and feel blood memory
as ancestors flow
through your veins

times are hard
but say my love
they hold you
with resilient hands
that know pain
and just as they do
i believe in you

feel gentleness
to your anger
sing belonging
to your sadness
speak words of love
to your hurting heart
as they do

like them
are capable
of facing darknessTunchai author photo smaller
with kindness
like northern lights
spirit dancing
as heart takes time to rest

              --Tunchai Redvers, Fireweed.  

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