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 five weeks, we are highlighting five of our 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 4, creole métisse of french canada, me, by Sharron Proulx-Turner.

I watch the snow fall outside my bedroom window,
a blank page in front of me,
when I should be singing

"In creole métisse of french canada, me, sharron proulx-turner leads us house by house through a village of stories, meeting family members, co-workers, elders and children, hearing personal and traditional tales of five generations of mixed-blood people of Canada." Joanne Arnott, author of Halfling Spring. 

creole métisse of french canada, me, by Métis poet Sharron Proulx-Turner is a powerful and moving collection of poetry written as memoir, in a unique prose-like fashion without capitalized words. Sharron writes of her time in grad school and the challenges she experienced with others’ opposing perspectives. She shares memories from her childhood, reflects on the role of writing in her life, and of her experiences as a two-spirit woman. Her personal stories invite the reader to understand both her life and Métis experience in Canada. Sharron passed away in 2016. Kegedonce Press published this, her last manuscript, in her memory. 

Sb and w author photoharron Proulx-Turner was a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Originally from the Ottawa river valley, Sharron was from Mohawk, Wyandat, Algonquin, Ojibwe, Mi'kmaw, French and Irish ancestry. Sharron was a two-spirit nokomis, mom, writer and community worker. Where the Rivers Join (1995), a memoir (Beckylane), was a finalist for the Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction, and what the auntys say (2002), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Prize for poetry. 

An excerpt from "A house full of birds," from creole métisse of french canada, me:

“I wish I could be that brave. as brave as the big dipper. the great bear there, purring, watching, holding my hand. me looking to the side and down. the words I seek are buried there, under grief. inside the darkness of a cottonwood, inside the seeds of orange berries. the wings of a female mallard in flight, exposing blues and whites and blacks otherwise unseen, like a woman's beauty, often hidden until she looks up, sees the small spaces between the leaves, yellow hearts on the black bark after a fall rain.”

Sharron Proulx-Turner

 

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