Métis Poet Gregory Scofield Will Release A New Book Of Poetry Later This Year
Cree/Métis poet Gregory Scofield is releasing his eighth literary work, and seventh book of poems, Witness, I Am in October 2016 through Harbour Publishing.
Witness, I Am is divided into three gripping sections of new poetry from one of Canada’s most recognized poets. The first part of the book, “Dangerous Sound,” contains contemporary themed poems about identity and belonging, undone and rendered into modern sound poetry. “Muskrat Woman,” the middle part of the book, is a breathtaking epic poem that considers the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women through the reimagining and retelling of a sacred Cree creation story. The final section of the book, “Ghost Dance,” raids the autobiographical so often found in Scofield’s poetry, weaving the personal and universal into a tapestry of sharp poetic luminosity. From “Killer,” Scofield eerily slices the dreadful in with the exquisite: “I could, this day of proficient blooms, / take your fingers, / tie them down one by one. This one for the runaway, / this one for the joker, / this one for the sass-talker, / this one for the judge, / this one for the jury. / Oh, I could kill you.”
Scofield also took part in the fairly recent release (two years ago) of Masculindians: Conversations About Indigenous Manhood published by University of Manitoba Press. An excerpt of Scofield's conversation can be found here. Scofield wrote one prose literary work, an autobiography called Thunder Through My Veins.
January Magazine interviewed him about his autobiography here. It's a great interview that serves as a brief introduction to Scofield.
Look for Witness, I Am later this year. Pre-order the book at IndieBound.