Deaf Heaven

Deaf Heaven

Deaf Heaven

by Garry Gottfriedson


  • February 2016
  • ISBN 978-1-55380-449-9
  • ebook ISBN: 978-1-55380-450-5
  • PDF ISBN: 978-1-55380-451-2
  • 6″ x 9″ Trade Paperback, 104 pages
  • Poetry, Aboriginal

Follow Garry Gottfriedson in this new collection of combative poems as he compels us and Heaven to listen to the challenges facing First Nation communities today. Employing many of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) images and stories, Gottfriedson takes us inside the rez and into the rooming houses in the city cores, but always drawing new strength from the land and the people who have moved upon it. He speaks of “the smell of grandmothers and grandfathers / breathing the stories into our blood” so as to “wrap our newborn in freshly made Star Quilts.”

“Gottfriedson’s poetry is built to endure and it will remain with you long after this book is closed.”
– Alexander MacLeod, author of Light Lifting, finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

“Garry Gottfriedson rides double, calling out the violence and corruption he’s seen, while reminding us that grounded strength comes from staying connected to grandmothers, grandfathers, horses, and the land.”
– Rita Wong, author of Forage, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

“Gottfriedson writes us the sound of his blood, the splatter of ink on wood, and the dripping sweat and tears of prayer — all of it telling us who we are and chanting, as if in chorus, ‘survival is brilliant.’ Will we be wise or strong enough to listen?”
– Shane Rhodes, author of X: Poems & Anti-Poems

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