Deaf Heaven

December 6, 2020
Deaf Heaven

"Gottfriedson's poetry is built to endure and it will remainwith you long after this book is closed."– Alexander MacLeod,author of Light Lifting, finalist for the Scotiabank GillerPrizeFollow Garry Gottfriedson in this new collection of combativepoems as he compels us and Heaven to listen to the challengesfacing First Nation communities today. Employing many of theSecwepemc (Shuswap) images and stories, Gottfriedson takes usinside the rez and into the rooming houses in the city cores, butalways drawing new strength from the land and the people who havemoved upon it. He speaks of "the smell of grandmothers andgrandfathers / breathing the stories into our blood" so as to "wrapour newborn in freshly made Star Quilts."