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David Groulx

David Groulx was raised in the Northern Ontario mining community of Elliot Lake. He is proud of his Aboriginal roots – his mother is Ojibwe Indian and his father French Canadian.

After receiving his BA from Lakehead University where he won the Munro Poetry Prize. David studied creative writing at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, B.C. where he won the Simon J Lucas Jr. Memorial Award for poetry. He has also studied at The University of Victoria Creative Writing Program. He has written six poetry books – Night in the Exude (Tyro Publications: Sault Ste Marie,1997); and The Long Dance (Kegedonce Press,2000). Under God’s Pale Bones (Kegedonce Press,2010), A Difficult Beauty is due out in Autumn 2011 (Wolsak & Wynn:Hamilton), Rising A Distant Dawn (BookLand Press:Toronto) is due out in the Spring of 2012 as well as Our Life Is Ceremony (Lummox Press: California).

David is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, as well as a member of The Ontario Poetry Society.

David recently won the 3rd annual PoetryNOW Battle of the Bards.

David’s poetry has appeared in a 115 publications in England, Australia, Germany, Austria, Turkey, New Zealand and the USA. He lives in a log home near Ottawa, Canada.

He won the Munro Poetry Prize in 1997, the Simon J. Lucas Jr. Memorial Award in 1999 and in 1996 and 1997 was a finalist in The Shaunt Basmajian Anthology competition. David lives with his family in Northern Ontario.

Canadian Aboriginal Voices: Imagine Mercy
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

Imagine Mercy is a vibrant poetry collection portraying the daily realities of living as an Aboriginal in Canada. David Groulx seamlessly weaves the spiritual with the ordinary and the present with the past. He speaks for the spirit, determination, and courage of Aboriginal people, compelling readers to confront cruel reality with his honest and inspiring vision. The poems in Imagine Mercy portray mixed bloods, resistance, determination, sovereignty, and cultural issues that generate sharply divided opinions and deep emotional struggles. Groulx’s poetic power renders an honest and painful perception of modern-day Aboriginal life with strong voice against prejudice and injustice.

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Canadian Aboriginal Voices: Rising with a Distant Dawn
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

Rising with a Distant Dawn is a powerful and moving poetry collection, which stretches across the boundaries of skin colour, language, and religion to give voice to the lives and experiences of ordinary Aboriginal Canadians. The poems embrace anguish, pride, and hope. They come from the woodlands and the plains, they speak of love, of war, and of the known and the mysterious, they strike with wisdom, joy, and sadness, bringing us closer than ever before to the heart of urban Aboriginal life. The book captures timely personal and cultural challenges, and ultimately shares subtle insight and compassion.

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From Turtle Island to Gaza
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: University/College;

With a sure voice, Groulx, an Anishinaabe writer, artistically weaves together the experiences of Indigenous peoples in settler Canada with those of the people of Palestine, revealing a shared understanding of colonial pasts and presents.

Reviews
“David Groulx is an important poetic voice. Intellectually and emotionally generous, his poetry both gives and demands presence, and a willingness to acknowledge reality and engage at a deeper level.” —Joanne Arnott, author of A Night for the Lady

“Powerful . . . triumphant and heartfelt.” —Lee Maracle

“Trauma has no boundaries, it does not discriminate. Groulx’s poetry is subliminal, a one-two punch to the gut and straight to the heart. A must-read.” —Welalin aqq Numultes (Michelle Sylliboy), author of Kiskajeyi - I am Ready

“David Groulx has a gift for creating community, for seeing and celebrating the threads that draw us together. From Turtle Island to Gaza finds commonality in the experiences of those who have been colonized, connecting Indigenous people in Canada with Palestinian people in acknowledgment of shared trauma, respect for the land, and celebration of resilience.” —Jenna Butler, author of Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard

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80 pages | 5.50" x 7.50"

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Under God's Pale Bones
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

David Groulx’s Under God’s Pale Bones traces back 500 years through the drumbeat, through a history of genocide. Groulx's poems rumble through night skies, speaking of ink and blood as they split the darkness, calling on spiritual strength and ancestral medicine.

“This is a reunion, ready to drink like a good Calvados from Northern France aged until the vintage is ready to be unveiled, shared. These poems are the impressions my world has left on me. The world beneath God’s pale bones.” —David A. Groulx

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A Difficult Beauty
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

David Groulx’s latest collection offers his readers a handful of poems as cutting and brilliant as glass shards, offering glimpses of the anger, pain and lost beauties of his ancestors. These poems cut deep with their clear-eyed honesty, their stripped away pain and suffering. A subtle weaving of black humour and fleeting touches of beauty, as well at the careful craftsmanship of the writing make these poems iconic. This is a collection that should not be missed.

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"This collection of poetry is a passionate snapshot of poignant aspects of life on the rez depicted in simple scenes that are propelled forward with a sparse economy of language. It is little wonder that Groulx has won awards for his poetry and it has appeared globally in over one hundred periodicals." - Canadian Literature

 

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