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Blue Marrow

by Louise Halfe

Blue Marrow
A moving tribute to Native female strength, nominated for the Governor General's Award for Poetry.

This moving tribute to Native female strength, nominated for national and Saskatchewan books awards, is available in a rewritten, re-edited and redesigned edition.

In this intricate dance of language and voice, a contemporary narrator - a Cree woman - draws into the telling of her own story the poignant history of her ancestors and the European newcomers they tragically welcomed into their lives.

Grandmothers both actual and spiritual are prominent in this book of vivid characters, but many others, present and past, also appear - Native men and women, fur traders, Jesuits, Metis - all of whose stories interact in the drama of contact so brilliantly rendered here.

"Louise Halfe has listened with reverent attention to the beautiful, strong voices of her Cree grandmothers and has allowed her own voice to dance with theirs. Exuberant, disturbing, and always deeply moving, the resulting poems roar, whisper and sing on the page. This book is a gift. It is a privilege to read it." - Jane Urquhart

FURTHER READING: "Cree-ing Loud Into My Night": Louise Bernice Halfe's Blue Marrow, chapter in That's Raven Talk: holophrastic readings of contemporary Indigenous literatures by Marieke Neuhaus, CPRC Press, 2011


5" x 8" 120 pages
12.95 CDN; 10.95 USD
E-Book Price
Poetry Tradepaper Adult
Louise Halfe
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About the Author

Louise Halfe has three book publications to her credit. Bear Bones & Feathers was published by Coteau Books in 1994. It received the Canadian Peoples Poet Award, and was a finalist for the Spirit of Saskatchewan Award in that year. Blue Marrow was originally published by McLelland & Stewart in 1998; its revised edition was released by Coteau Books in September 2004. It was a finalist for both the Governor General's Award for Poetry and the Pat Lowther Award, and for the 1998 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award and the Saskatchewan Poetry Award. Her most recent work, The Crooked Good, was published in 2007.

Louise Bernice Halfe's Cree name is Sky Dancer. She was born on the Saddle Lake Reserve in Two Hills, Alberta in 1953. At the age of seven, she was sent to the Blue Quills Residential School in St. Paul, Alberta. She left residential school of her own accord when she was sixteen, breaking ties with her family and completing her studies at St. Paul's regional high school. It was at this time that she began writing a journal about her life experiences. Halfe made her debut as a poet in Writing the Circle: Native Women of Western Canada, the acclaimed anthology of life-writings by Native women. In 1993 she was awarded third prize in the League of Canadian Poets' national poetry contest and was Saskatchewan's Poet Laureate for 2005-2006.

She has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina and currently gives workshops on drug and addiction counselling. Halfe lives in Saskatoon with her husband. She has two adult children.


Finalist, Governor General's Award for Poetry
Finalist, Book of the Year Award, Poetry Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards

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