Praise for a beautiful rebellion:
“Ayinîsowin tahkonam awa Bouvier Iskwêw
wisdom she carries this Bouvier woman
î kiskinohamâkoya ta kiskisiya, ta pîtsâpahtama
ta osihtamâsoya miyo nôtin’kêwin
as she teaches us to look back so we can see
ahead to make that beautiful rebellion.
Kawîcîwânaw we will go with her.”
—Maria Campbell, award-winning author and filmmaker
“And when I say me, writes Rita Bouvier, I mean us. In this gentle, powerful, radical collection, the poet brings us along on car rides and canoe journeys, searching the skies, meeting her relatives, tasting favourite foods, reliving poignant moments, while synthesizing our histories and the incoming news. Alongside the naming of plants, birds, and waterways, she gives us a much-needed glossary of love. She gives us the moon.”—Joanne Arnott, author of Halfling Spring, A Night for the Lady, and Mother Time
“. . . joyful, exclamatory, uncynical poems that don’t shy from the imperative to really look, to commune, to tend toward love. The poems are a generous, multilingual response to art, family, community, Land and politics that rely on crystal clear images to advance the notion that ‘as long as we have more to enjoy / than another we have responsibility / to lift each other.’”—The Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild’s John V. Hicks Prize Jury
Praise for Rita Bouvier’s previous collection, nagamowin’sa for the seasons:
“The transitions of the seasons, as sung by Rita Bouvier, are as graceful as the movement of shorebirds. Within these luminescent poems she creates an environment for us to portage our history and desire. She gives us songs to hold our hearts. And in so doing she brings us together in ceremony, in wahkotowin; she connects us as family.”—Gregory Scofield, Poet and author of Kipocihkân: Poems New and Selected, Louis: The Heretic Poems, and Witness, I Am.