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Runaway Dreams

by Richard Wagamese

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list price: $15.95
edition:Paperback
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category: Poetry
published: Sep 2011
ISBN:9781553801290
publisher: Ronsdale Press
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Having developed an impressive reputation for his many novels and non-fiction works, Richard Wagamese now presents a collection of stunning poems ranging over a broad landscape. He begins with an immersion in the unforgettable world where "the ancient ones stand at your shoulder . . . making you a circle / containing everything."

These are Medicine teachings told from the experience of one who lived and still lives them. He also describes his life on the road when he repeatedly ran away at an early age, and the beatings he received when the authorities tried "to beat the Indian right out of me." Yet even in the most desperate situations, Wagamese shows us Canada as seen through the eyes and soul of a well-worn traveller, with his love of country, his love of people. Through it all, there are poems of love and music, the language sensuous and tender.

About the Author
Richard Wagamese was a Canadian author and journalist. An Ojibwe from the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations in Northwestern Ontario, he published over a dozen books, including his 2012 novel Indian Horse, which won the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature in 2013. For more information, visit www.richardwagameseauthor.com.
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Richard Wagamese is Ojibway and a member of the Sturgeon Clan. Separated from his people by foster care and adoption he effectively disappeared for twenty years. When he reconnected with his people, elders told him that his role was to be a storyteller.What resulted was an award-winning career of thirty-two years as a journalist in radio, television and newspapers and then beginning in 1994, as a published and award-winning author. He has published eight titles in non-fiction and fiction. He lives with his wife, Debra Powell, in the mountains outside of Kamloops.

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Runaway Dreams

Many of the pieces in storyteller Richard Wagamese's book of poems look and seem more like prose than poetry. The point-of-view is that of a middle-aged man looking back on how he came to find himself within the culture he was born to: “I became an Indian after that” (from “Ceremony”). The poems reveal strong links to the land, to family and to the wisdom of elders. His wry sense of humour appears frequently. Many poems lend themselves to dramatic readings as monologues (“Freddie Hucaluk” and the “Grandfather” series). Others (“The Canada Poem” and “Runaway Dreams”) could inspire group presentations or serve as the basis for creating a video.

Wagemese has published eight previous books.

Caution: Includes references to drugs, alcohol, prostitution and sex. Some coarse language is used.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2012-2013.

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