Witness, I Am

Gregory Scofield's collection of poetry examines the painful issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Gregory Scofield

Witness, I Am is divided into three gripping sections of 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 feeling so often found in Scofield's poetry, weaving the personal and universal into a tapestry of sharp poetic luminosity. (From Nightwood Editions)

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A poem about missing and murdered Indigenous women by Gregory Scofield

6 years ago
Duration 1:17
"She is Spitting a Mouthful of Stars" was written by award-winning Métis poet Gregory Scofield, whose aunt was murdered in 1998.

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