Poetry. Aboriginal Studies. As the title suggests, this new collection of poetry from Garry Gottfriedson of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation deals with the ways in which the world is deaf to the problems First Nations people face in Canada today. Gottfriedson examines such issues as the missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The poems focus not only on postcolonial issues but also on First Nations internal problems. Although the book speaks of age-old themes, it explores them through fresh moderneyes offering thought-provoking and engaging perspectives. Eloquent and witty, these poems are power-packed with imagery that uncoversthe raw politics of race. There is nothing polite about them. While frequently offering a bleak view of present-day First Nation conditions, the poems also provide a sense of optimism: "the hope /that the coldest day in winter / will promise serenity in spring."
Garry Gottfriedson, from the Secwepemc nation (Shuswap), was born, raised and lives in Kamloops, B.C. Growing up on a ranch in a ranching and rodeo family, he has been fully immersed in his people's traditions and spirituality. He comes from four generations of horse people. His passion for horses, raising and training them, still continues to this day. He holds a Master of Education from Simon Fraser University and has studied Creative Writing at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. His published works include 100 Years of Contact (SCES, 1990); In Honour of Our Grandmothers (Theytus, 1994); Glass Tepee (Thistledown, 2002, and nominated for First People's Publishing Award 2004); Painted Pony (Partners in Publishing, 2005); WHISKEY BULLETS (Ronsdale, 2006, and Anskohk Aboriginal Award finalist); SKIN LIKE MINE (Ronsdale, 2010, and shortlisted for Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry); Jimmy Tames Horses (Kegedonce, 2012); CHAOS INSIDE THUNDERSTORMS (Ronsdale, 2014); DEAF HEAVEN (Ronsdale, 2016), CLINGING TO BONE (Ronsdale, 2019). His works have been anthologized both nationally and internationally. He has read from his work across Canada and in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Author City: Kamloops, BC CAN