The moon figures prominently in Prayer Songs, this first collection of poetry by Gord Bruyere. Structured to reflect a moon cycle and deeply influenced by traditional Anishinaabe cultural teachings, these twenty-eight poems explore different motivations and expression of prayer. Ceremonial song, homage to natural earth forces, cries for relief from anguish, pleas of yearning, declaration and humble words of thanks have their place here. Difficult and painful pasts are recognized but only insofar as the past may be transformed here and now by love, spirit, reflection, balance, light and movement.
Gord Bruyere will be joined by Anishnaabe poet and friend, Vera Wabegijig, author of Wild Rice Dreams.
Wild Rice Dreams is a collection of Aboriginal poetry that delves into the human experience with spotlight on urban Aboriginal life. The poems explore spiritual transformations and perception of the ever-present knowledge of being hunted by not so distant cruel past. Vera Wabegijig speaks to the power of ordinary Aboriginal people in Canada, ignites our imagination, and connects us to our past, current, and future feelings. She demonstrates deep understanding of native vitality and appreciation of different cultural legacies in vigorous relationship with each other. The book explores how complicated relationships between people, dreams, and memories play an integral role in the complex life of being Anishinaabe.
Friday, May 2 2014
Octopus Books centretown
@25One Community (2nd floor, 251 Bank St.)
Gord Bruyere is Anishinaabe originally from Couchiching First Nation in northwestern Ontario, Canada. He has published poetry, short story, journal articles, book chapters and reviews, and co-edited Wicihitowin: Aboriginal Social Work in Canada. He posts to his blog The World According to Trixterboy. He is a rolling stone but at the time of this publication he lives in Winnipeg.
vera wabegijig is anishnaabe mother, writer, and media artist from the bear clan. her family ancestry comes from wikwemikong unceded reserve and mississauga first nation. her new collection of poetry, wild rice dreams, is published through bookland press, fall 2013. she also blogs poetry & photography on her site: http://verawaabegeeshig.wordpress.com/