The Crooked Good

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Coteau Books, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 135 pages
Through the voice of "Turn-around Woman," Louise Halfe guides the reader on a three-fold journey down a path where the personal, the historical and the mythic walk hand-in-hand. Louise Halfe revisits familiar aboriginal themes, but pushes them farther than she has before, in this third collection of her moving, powerful poetry. The ancestors speak through a Mother's fireside stories, and the figure of Rolling Head recurs everywhere on the path - as nightmare, as conscience, as maternal lover. The heartbreaking dysfunction of a Native family, and the haunted memories and temptations of one woman's quest, are tempered by the tenderness, the loyalty, and the outbursts of earthy laughter that distinguish Louise Halfe's unique gifts as a poet and as mediator between two cultures.

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About the author (2008)

Louise Bernice Halfe's first book of poetry Bear Bones & Feathers, received the Milton Acorn People's Poet award, and was a finalist for the Spirit of Saskatchewan Award, the Pat Lowther Awards and the Gerald Lampert Award. Her second book, Blue Marrow, was a finalist for the Governor-General's Award for Poetry. She serves a two-year term as the Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan.

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