This is the only picture I got of Joanne Arnott, a Metis poet from the West Coast of Canada whose poems on the very essence of women, birthing, mothering and women’s lives are affective and effective while musical at the same time. What she writes makes you hear tunes in your head. Nature walks with her every word, nodding as mother to Mother, wrapping itself in truth for the wintry days ahead.
She left me with Salish Seas, the handsome West Coast Aboriginal Collective Writer’s Anthology, which she edited earlier this year. (Available from the collective and their friends (all 36 contributor names & bios at back of book).
She was accompanied by Alistair MacDonald who has moved to Ottawa from the north to work on Inuit Land Rights.