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Bent Back Tongue — Poems By Garry Gottfriedson

Posted on: September 15, 2022

In his latest collection, Secwépemc rancher and renowned poet Garry Gottfriedson explores the fraught mechanics of contemporary masculinity, politics and love. Gottfriedson’s work unapologetically unveils the truth of Canada’s treatment of First Nations and he has spoken openly in the New York Times about his experiences at the Kamloops Residential “School.”

Bent Back Tongue is a raw examination of love, identity, politics, masculinity, and vulnerability. Through sharp honesty and revealing satire, Gottfriedson delves into Canadian colonialism and the religious political paradigms shaping experiences of a Secwépemc First Nations man. This is a book that tears through deceptions that both Canada and the church impose on their citizens. Gottfriedson tackles the darkest layers of a shared colonial history; at the same time, the poems in Bent Back Tongue are a celebration of love, land, family, and the self.

Garry Gottfriedson is a Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc band member from Kamloops, BC. He is strongly rooted in his Secwépemc cultural teachings. He holds a Masters of Arts Education Degree from Simon Fraser University. Gottfriedson has ten published books, including Clinging to Bone and Skin Like Mine, and has presented his work across Canada, United States, South America, New Zealand, Europe, and Asia. Currently, he works at Thompson Rivers University.

Bent Back Tongue can be purchased at all major bookstores and online:
Caitlin Press

Learn more about Garry Gottfriedson and Bent Back Tongue: Bent Back Tongue PR.pdf


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