Burning in this Midnight Dream
by Louise Halfe
In heart-wrenching detail, Louise Halfe recalls the damage done by the residential schools to her parents, her family, and herself in her new poetry collection.
Burning in this Midnight Dream is the latest collection of poems by Louise Bernice Halfe. Many were written in response to the grim tide of emotions, memories, dreams and nightmares that arose in her as the Truth and Reconciliation process unfolded.
With fearlessly wrought verse, Halfe describes how the experience of the residential schools continues to haunt those who survive, and how the effects pass like a virus from one generation to the next. She asks us to consider the damage done to children taken from their families, to families mourning their children; damage done to entire communities and to ancient cultures.
Halfe’s poetic voice soars in this incredibly moving collection as she digs deep to discover the root of her pain. Her images, created from the natural world, reveal the spiritual strength of her culture.
“Louise Bernice Halfe’s new poetry collection reminds me of a famous quote from Emily Dickinson. She wrote in a letter to a friend: ‘If I read a book, and it makes my body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry.’ Louise Bernice Halfe’s new book is titled, Burning in this Midnight Dream, and I know it’s poetry. It packs a punch. It packs a wallop.” - Shelagh Rogers, The Next Chapter