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Poetry Muse: Carol Rose GoldenEagle + Essential Ingredients
This weekend Carol Rose GoldenEagle author of Essential Ingredients joins us to share when she began her writing journey, whose poetry collections she admires, and how memories hold magic.
Picture of the Author’s MuseWhen did you start writing poetry and why did you choose to write poetry over other forms of literature?I have been writing poetry ever since I can remember. Ages ago it was called keeping a diary. I never did that. Instead, I would write, in the form of poetry, my thoughts, feelings and observations – particularly as a teenager. Back then, I didn’t think of it as poetry, because in school we had been taught that if it doesn’t rhyme is isn’t. I have also put into poetry, my thoughts as an adult, whether written down or not. Everything captures place, time and emotion. Life revolves around poetry. But I love writing, in general, which is why I also create works of fiction and children’s work.How would you describe your poetry collection? Love, cherished memory, family.What advice would you give to aspiring poets?Never let anyone tell you that you are not a poet. So often, emerging writers will be passionate about this writing style but may be hesitant to share their words or feel the need to edit or sanitize what they write, worrying about what others will think.In the craft book, On Writing – Stephen King – there is a great piece of advice, that your writing is not polite conversation. Be bold. Be expressive. Be fearless.Are there any poets or poetry collections that you admire?
A poem from Essential IngredientsBACK EDDY
* * *Carol Rose GoldenEagle is Cree and Dene with roots in Sandy Bay, northern Saskatchewan. She was recently named Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan (2021-2023). Carol is author of the award-winning novel, Bearskin Diary, which was selected as the National Aboriginal Literature Title for 2017. The book was also shortlisted for three Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the French language translation, Peau D’ours, won a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Hiraeth, Carol’s debut book of poetry, was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her second novel, Bone Black, was released in the fall of 2019, and was shortlisted for both the Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Book Award (2020) and Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Book Award (2020). Carol’s most recent novel, The Narrows of Fear (Wapawikoscikanik), won the Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Book Award (2021). Carol’s collection, Essential Ingredients was released in 2021 and Stations of the Crossed is forthcoming in fall 2022. As a visual artist, Carol’s work has been exhibited in art galleries across Saskatchewan and Northern Canada. As a musician, a CD of women’s drum songs, in which Carol is featured, was recently nominated for a Prairie Music Award. Before pursuing her art on a full-time basis, Carol worked as a journalist for more than 30 years in television and radio at APTN, CTV, and CBC. She lives in Regina Beach, Saskatchewan. www.carolrosegoldeneagle.ca