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I Hope It Donít Rain Tonight
Phillip Igloliorti

ďIn his own life, Igloliorti has experienced a dynamic transition from a traditional fishing and hunting community to a tumultous stream of Euro-American-Canadian life. His poetry is very much a venue of accepting and bridging the chasms between many imposed factors of sexual and cultural identity. His work remains quite rooted in the aesthetics of dialogue and direct community. Although indivudual poems may use verbal repititions and the linguistic relics of pop culture to make a post-modern statement of fragmented individualism, the collection builds a mosaic of the ongoing quest for personal unity dangerously sought within a communal fabric of personal honesty and trust.Ē
ó Sťamus ” Ceallaigh, from the Introduction

Phillip Igloliorti is an Inuit writer originally from Nain, Labrador. As a child he experienced tragedy and the unspeakable victimization that comes from abuse. After graduating from St Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Igloliorti moved to Ottawa ON where he currently lives. A first chapbook of his, simply titled Poems, was published in 1984 by the Labrador East School Board. In 1996, he received a Canada Council for the Arts First Peoples Literary Arts grant to enable him to write I Hope It Donít Rain Tonight, his first full-length poetry collection.

January 1998 / 9 x 6 (tp) / 72 pp / poetry – First Nations (Inuit), abuse & recovery
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 0-921411-57-X / $15.95