Burning in This Midnight Dream

Brick BooksSKU: 9781771315487

Author:
Halfe, Louise Bernice, Sky Dancer
Grade Levels:
Adult Education
Book Type:
PB
Pages:
104
Publisher:
Brick Books
Copyright Data:
2021

Price:
Sale price$20.00

Description

Louise Bernice Halfe whose Cree name is Sky Dancer was was raised on the Saddle Lake Indian Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Many of the poems in Louise Halfe’s Burning in This Midnight Dream 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. In heart-wrenching detail, Halfe recalls the damage done to her parents, her family, herself. 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. Originally published in 2016 by Coteau Books, Burning in This Midnight Dream won the Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing award, the Rasmussen, Ramussen & Charowsky Indigenous Peoples’ Writing award, the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award, the League of Canadian Poets’ Raymond Souster Award, and the High Plains Book Award for Indigenous Writers. It was also the 2017 WILLA Literacy Award Finalist in Poetry. This new edition includes a new Afterword by Halfe.

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