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Speaking Through Jagged Rck
Connie Fife

June 1999 / 5.5" x 8.5" / 80 pages / poetry (BISCA POE011000)
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 0-921411-99-5 (tp)
$16.95

Connie Fife Received a One-Time Prince and Princess Edward Prize in Aboriginal Literature
“Poet and writer Connie Fife has inspired and influenced many emerging Aboriginal writers. Her pen is fearless, and she has consistently used the power of the word to break through the barriers of injustice and intolerance.”
—The Canada Council for The Arts

“Urban and animal, bloody and star-struck these poems emerge heavy with multiplicity, weighted by brutality and run long and lean until they take flight through sheer tenderness.”
—Joanne Arnott

Praise for her first book:
“Themes of resistance, desire and spirit are woven skillfully into unforgettable patterns. These songs will transport you on a beautiful journey into the soul of a powerful and passionate Cree woman”
—Chrystos

This collection reflects the experience of a Cree woman standing on the cusp of the 21st century. Looking through the eyes of a poem, she poses difficult questions which invite the reader to answer for themselves. Past, present and future brought together in the same moment, her poetry not only asks “what price is this thing called history” but suggests that one decide what colours they chose to paint across the horizon of every new tomorrow.

Connie Fife is Cree. Originally from Saskatchewan, she is a graduate and past writer-in-residence of The En’owkin International School of Writing. Her first book was Beneath the Naked Sun (Sister Vision, 1992), and she edited Colour of Resistance (Theytus). Presently she lives in Winnipeg, MB.


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