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category: Poetry
published: May 2019
publisher: Ronsdale Press

Clinging to Bone

by Garry Gottfriedson

tagged: canadian

Garry Gottfriedson's Clinging to Bone digs into the marrow, heart and soul of the human condition. Looking deeply into the Secwepemc (Shuswap) world of today, he examines betrayal, grief, love and survival. He states, "the broken winged sparrows are lost in flight, surviving starvation in the empty belly of wind." In "Foreigner" he describes how "my skin is the scent of Secwepemcúlucw / a rez Indian, a foreigner / in my own homeland / can you imagine that?" (where "Secwepemcúlucw" means land of the Shuswap). But he also sees humour in the very mechanics of surviving as an Indigenous individual in the Canada of today. His poetry will draw you into love, laughter and sorrow, but leave you contemplating your own survival. A glossary of Secwepemc words is included.

About the Author
Garry Gottfriedson was born, raised and lives in Kamloops, BC. He is from the Secwepemc Nation. He is a self- employed rancher. Gottfriedson was also raised knowing Secwepemc songs and dances. Over the past few years, he has been teaching them at the Chief Atahm School as well as within his nation. He holds a Masters Degree in Education from the Simon Fraser University. In 1987, the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado awarded the Gerald Red Elk Creative Writing Scholarship to Gottfriedson. There, he studied creative writing under Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Marianne Faithful and others. He has read from his work across Canada, United States, Europe, and Asia. His work has been anthologized and published nationally and internationally.
Contributor Notes

GARRY GOTTFRIEDSON, from the Secwepemc Nation (Shuswap), was born, raised and lives in Kamloops, B.C. His published works include five volumes of poetry, as well as nonfiction and children's fiction. Whiskey Bullets was a finalist for the Anskohk Aboriginal Award, and Skin Like Mine was shortlisted for the Canadian Author's Literary Award for Poetry. He is an international ambassador for Indigenous writing, with his poetry and other works being anthologized around the world.

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