nakamowin sa for the seasons

By (author): Rita Bouvier

Rita Bouvier’s third collection of poetry is a response to the highs and lows of life and represents an attempt at restoring order through embracing others, reconciling the traumas caused by the deep scars of history, and soaring beyond life’s awkward and painful moments in order to live joyfully. Inspired by the metaphor of a voyageur sustained by song on his journeys up and down the rivers of Northwest Saskatchewan, these “songs for the seasons” draw heavily on images from nature as well as the joys, heartaches and transgressions Bouvier has witnessed and experienced as a Métis woman. Using imagery strongly connected to the natural environment, Bouvier evokes earth’s regeneration through the seasons as inspiration for moving forward.

Whether discussing the joys and trials of family life with poems such as “nigosis is sweet and sixteen” and “my grandmother’s hands”, offering her own take on history in “songs to sing” and “measured time”, or exploring Métis identity in “I have something important to say” and “Indigenous Man 2”, Bouvier captures the essence of a life that can be “joyful/one minute and then. agony”. Yet she always encourages the reader to become “caught in the movement and beauty/of life – dance, breathe, listen” and, of course, sing.


Rita Bouvier

Rita Bouvier is a Métis writer and educator from Saskatchewan. Her third book of poetry, nakamowin?sa for the seasons (Thistledown Press, 2015) was the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards winner of the Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples? Writing Award. Rita?s poetry has appeared in literary anthologies, journals ? print and online ? musicals, and television productions, and has been translated into Spanish, German and the Cree-Michif of her home community of sakitawak, Île-à-la-Crosse, situated on the historic trading and meeting grounds of Cree and Dene people.


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how do we hold silence
in lines of poetry,
in the syntax of the poem’s phrases or sentences?

and, why does it matter anyway? is there not more power in words we write,

in words we say to each other?
touched, our being lifted soars, but,
shattered, we are fragments

left behind       lost in words.
once spoken words cannot be taken back.
sure, there is always the word sorry.

but listen to the sound
it makes; a pathetic overture
of could have – should have

but silence      left as space
between our words can hold
everything and more; it holds its own.

it becomes the measure
of the sacred space between us;
the uncertainty of knowing.

are there words for that?

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80 Pages
8.5in * 5.5in * .2in


March 31, 2015


Thistledown Press



Book Subjects:

POETRY / Canadian



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