Clinging to Bone

Ronsdale PressSKU: 9781553805625

Author:
Garry Gottfriedson
Grade Levels:
Eleven, Twelve
Nation:
Secwepemc
Book Type:
Paperback
Pages:
2019
Publisher:
Ronsdale Press
Copyright Data:
2019

Price:
Sale price$17.95

Description

Secwepemc Nation (Shuswap) author Garry Gottfriedson's Clinging to Bone digs into the marrow, heart and soul of the human condition. Looking deeply into the Secwepemc (Shuswap) world of today, he examines betrayal, grief, love and survival. He states, "the broken winged sparrows are lost in flight, surviving starvation in the empty belly of wind." In "Foreigner" he describes how "my skin is the scent of Secwepemcúlucw / a rez Indian, a foreigner / in my own homeland / can you imagine that?" (where "Secwepemcúlucw" means land of the Shuswap). But he also sees humour in the very mechanics of surviving as an Indigenous individual in the Canada of today. His poetry will draw you into love, laughter and sorrow, but leave you contemplating your own survival. A glossary of Secwepemc words is included.

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