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nakamowin sa for the seasons

by (author) Rita Bouvier

Publisher
Thistledown Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2015
Category
Canadian, Women Authors, Native American
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771870559
    Publish Date
    Mar 2015
    List Price
    $17.95

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Rita Bouvier's third collection of poetry is a response to the highs and lows of life and represents an attempt at restoring order through embracing others, reconciling the traumas caused by the deep scars of history, and soaring beyond life's awkward and painful moments in order to live joyfully. Inspired by the metaphor of a voyageur sustained by song on his journeys up and down the rivers of Northwest Saskatchewan, these "songs for the seasons" draw heavily on images from nature as well as the joys, heartaches and transgressions Bouvier has witnessed and experienced as a Métis woman. Using imagery strongly connected to the natural environment, Bouvier evokes earth's regeneration through the seasons as inspiration for moving forward.

Whether discussing the joys and trials of family life with poems such as "nigosis is sweet and sixteen" and "my grandmother's hands", offering her own take on history in "songs to sing" and "measured time", or exploring Métis identity in "I have something important to say" and "Indigenous Man 2", Bouvier captures the essence of a life that can be "joyful/one minute and then. agony". Yet she always encourages the reader to become "caught in the movement and beauty/of life - dance, breathe, listen" and, of course, sing.

About the author

Rita Bouvier is an educator and a writer. She has published two collections of poetry with Thistledown Press, Blueberry Clouds (1999) and papîyâhtak (2004), and has been nominated for several Saskatchewan Book Awards. Bouvier's poetry has been translated into Spanish and German, and her work has appeared in literary anthologies and musical and television productions. In 2008 the Gabriel Dumont Institute published a collaborative children's book with artists Sherry Farrell-Racette and Margaret Gardiner and featuring the title poem from papîyâhtak titled Better That Way. Bouvier lives in Saskatoon.

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Excerpt: nakamowin sa for the seasons (by (author) Rita Bouvier)

how do we hold silence
in lines of poetry,
in the syntax of the poem's phrases or sentences?

and, why does it matter anyway? is there not more power in words we write,

in words we say to each other?
touched, our being lifted soars, but,
shattered, we are fragments

left behind       lost in words.
once spoken words cannot be taken back.
sure, there is always the word sorry.

but listen to the sound
it makes; a pathetic overture
of could have - should have

but silence      left as space
between our words can hold
everything and more; it holds its own.

it becomes the measure
of the sacred space between us;
the uncertainty of knowing.

are there words for that?

Other titles by Rita Bouvier

Resurgence

Engaging With Indigenous Narratives and Cultural Expressions In and Beyond the Classroom

edited by Katya Adamov Ferguson & Christine M'Lot
by (author) K.C. Adams, Sonya Ballantyne, Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead, Lisa Boivin, Rita Bouvier, Nicola I. Campbell, Sara Florence Davidson, Louise B. Halfe, Lucy Hemphill, Wanda John-Kehewin, Elizabeth LaPensée, Victoria McIntosh, Reanna Merasty, David A. Robertson, Russell Wallace & Christina Lavalley Ruddy

Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters

edited by Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell & Christi Belcourt
contributions by Stella August, Tracy Bear, Robyn Bourgeois, Rita Bouvier, Maya Ode’amik Chacaby, Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group, Susan Gingell, Michelle Good, Laura Harjo, Sarah Hunt, Robert Alexander Innes, Beverly Jacobs, Tanya Kappo, Tara Kappo, Lyla Kinoshameg, Helen Knott, Sandra Lamouche, Jo-Anne Lawless, Debra Leo, Kelsey T. Leonard, Ann-Marie Livingston, Brenda Macdougall, Sylvia Maracle, Jenell Navarro, Darlene R. Okemaysim-Sicotte, Pahan Pte San Win, Ramona Reece, Kimberly Robertson, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Beatrice Starr, Madeleine Kétéskwew Dion Stout, Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy & Alex Wilson

Decolonizing Education

Nourishing the Learning Spirit

by (author) Marie Battiste
foreword by Rita Bouvier

Better That Way

by (author) Rita Bouvier
illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette
translated by Margaret Hodgson

papiyahtak

by (author) Rita Bouvier

Resting Lightly on Mother Earth

The Aboriginal Experience in Urban Educational Settings

edited by Angela Ward & Rita Bouvier

Blueberry Clouds

by (author) Rita Bouvier

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