About the Author

Rita Bouvier

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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nakamowin sa for the seasons

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?

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Decolonizing Education

Decolonizing Education

Nourishing the Learning Spirit
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Resting Lightly on Mother Earth

Resting Lightly on Mother Earth

The Aboriginal Experience in Urban Educational Settings
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