In the title poem of his latest book “Deaf Heaven,” poet Garry Gottfriedson writes: “silver words fill / the ears of downcast angels / roaming a deaf heaven.”
Such is his experience as an indigenous person living in Canada today.
From his large ranching family he has learned to love the stories, songs and dances of his people. He is also successful in Canada’s mainstream society having obtained degrees in education and creative writing, and having written eight books of poetry receiving numerous awards including the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry. In 1997 he was inducted into the International Poetry Hall of Fame.
Gottfriedson’s dual background is reflected in his work. He addresses the injustices of colonization, residential schools, missing women, in a way that “rips any comfortable delusions away.”
Garry Gottfriedson is the next author in the Fall Reading Series sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts. He will be reading at the Arts Centre in Sechelt on Sat., Oct. 28, at 8pm. Admission by donation.