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Bear Bones & Feathers

by Louise Halfe

Bear Bones & Feathers
Cree poet Louise Bernice Halfe sets out to heal the past using Indigenous symbolism and history, the memories of her childhood on the reserve, and her own dark brand of humour.

First Nations Cree writer Louise Bernice Halfe sets out to heal the past in this powerful first book of poetry.

Among her healing arts are Indigenous symbolism and history, the memories of her childhood on the reserve, and her own dark brand of humour. Like Tomson Highway and Thomas King, Halfe is actively involved in reclaiming the long overlooked Native comedic tradition.

Her poems about the erosion of old ways, the terrors of residential school and how the pain inflicted by alcoholism abound with satiric portraits and shared jokes, yet pierce the heart with their truthfulness. Her angriest poems, infused with dark humour, are written in a Cree-inflected English she calls her "grassroots tongue." It is with this voice that she comes to terms with the legacy of Catholicism in the moving poems "ten hail mary's" and "dear poop."

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ISBN
9781550500554
Size
5" x 8" 80 pages
Ages:
Adult
Price
12.95 CDN; 10.95 USD
E-Book Price
CDN; USD
Categories
Poetry Tradepaper Adult
Author
Louise Halfe
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About the Author

Louise Bernice Halfe was born in Two Hills, Alberta, and was raised on the Saddle Lake Reserve. Her Cree name is Sky Dancer. 

With the publication of Burning in this Midnight Dream in April 2016, Louise has four book publications to her credit. Bear Bones & Feathers was published in 1994. It received the Canadian People’s Poet Award, and was a finalist for the Spirit of Saskatchewan Award. Blue Marrow was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther Award, the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award, and the Saskatchewan Poetry Award. The Crooked Good was published in 2007. She was awarded third prize in the League of Canadian Poets' national poetry contest and was Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for 2005-2006. 

Louise has a Bachelor of Social Work, and received an Honorary Degree of Letters (Ph. D) from Wilfred Laurier University. She currently works with Elders in an organization called Opikinawasowin (“raising our children”). She lives outside of Saskatoon with her husband.

 

 

 

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Winner, Milton Acorn People's Poet Award

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