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Burning in this Midnight Dream
Burning in this Midnight Dream | Louise Bernice Halfe
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Burning in the Midnight Dream is the latest collection of poems by Louise Bernice Halfe. Many were written in response to the grim tide of emotions, memories, dreams and nightmares that arose in her as the Truth and Reconciliation process unfolded. With fearlessly wrought verse, Halfe describes how the experience of the residential schools continues to haunt those who survive, and how the effects pass like a virus from one generation to the next. She asks us to consider the damage done to children taken from their families, to families mourning their children; damage done to entire communities and to ancient cultures. Halfes poetic voice soars in this incredibly moving collection as she digs deep to discover the root of her pain. Her images, created from the natural world, reveal the spiritual strength of her culture.
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elizabethlk
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This poetry collection forma a sort of memoir of family and community struggling with the trauma of the Indian Residential School system. The poetry within is incredible. I have read a fair bit of poetry this month, and this is easily the best I have read so far this year. Would definitely recommend.

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Lindy
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Halfe's poetry collection is in response to her experiences in Blue Quill Residential School—located 3 miles from where I grew up—and to the Truth & Reconciliation process. It's haunting & powerful.
"My feet were in flames & I could not stand the sight / of my jailed, louse-eaten spirit. For years / I sat with my therapists, having blown / in on my tornado.

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Lindy
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Yes, I followed this routine:
on our knees to give the Christ
a difficult time, no time to rub the sleep
from our eyes. Each month I counted the stars
to see how often I'd gone to mass
my heart so wanting. March to breakfast,
to the scullery, hand-peel potatoes,
wash the many pots & pans
under the supervision of the nuns.
To the laundry room to starch & iron,
to the rectory to serve the higher saints
& finally to school to swallow Europe.

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marita
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Brilliant, difficult, vital. A must read for all Canadians.

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marita
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Hiding out in my bedroom at my FIL's reading this. Devastating and gorgeous so far.

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