Cover image for Blackbird song / Randy Lundy.
Blackbird song / Randy Lundy.
Publication Information:
Regina, Saskatchewan : University of Regina Press, [2018]

Physical Description:
88 pages ; 22 cm
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819.154 LUN Book Adult General Collection

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An exquisite series of meditations on memory, evanescence and the land. Randy Lundy draws deeply from his Cree heritage and equally from European and Asian traditions. Readers will be reminded by turns of Simon Ortiz, Pӓr Lagerkvist, and Jane Hirshfield. This is the mind of prayer, a seeing and re-seeing of the immense cyclic beauty of the earth."Lundy has entered the place where the masters reside. His poems join the shades that walk among them. There aren't many people who get to that place and sometimes it can feel very lonely there, but the masters are saved by the brilliant and humble work they have done, their poems the crevices in our lives where the light shines through." - Patrick Lane, author of Washita "Randy Lundy's poems bring forward the spirit of his Cree ancestry, and place our species humbly among the creatures of Earth--who are all observed with deep reverence and perceptive care." - Don McKay, author of Strike/Slip "This is the book of poems I've been waiting for ... His poems burn us, feed us, and make us feel beloved even if we have been broken. Language, as he uses it, holds us and leads us to a place where we can mourn and pray and wonder." - Lorna Crozier, author of What the Soul Doesn't Want

Table of Contents

I Constellation after Constellation, Turning on the Spears of Trees
Januaryp. 1
For Your Lover on the Eve of Her Thirty-Fifth Birthdayp. 2
Brevityp. 3
A Prayerp. 4
Woman Who Taught Her Grandson to Lovep. 5
For Kohkum, Retap. 6
What You Prayp. 8
Listenp. 9
If the World Were Your Homep. 10
Fastingp. 11
Okanagan Lake, Novemberp. 13
The Chair by the Doorp. 14
Watching Blackbirds Watchingp. 16
The Cactusp. 17
Autumn Elmsp. 18
Happinessp. 19
Solacep. 20
Cypress Hillsp. 21
Benedictionp. 22
Gracep. 23
Miraclesp. 24
The Long Walkp. 25
Gnosisp. 27
Conjunctionsp. 29
Memory as a Record of Lossp. 30
Octave: Asking Forgivenessp. 31
Surrenderp. 32
II The Path Becomes Narrow, Slight as a Note from a Carved Wood Flute
When you burn sage, cedar, and braided sweet-grassp. 35
Midnight, Early Springp. 37
Christmas Eve with Snowp. 38
Doxologiesp. 39
The Path Becomes Narrow, Slight as a Note from a Carved Wood Flutep. 41
Spring, Low-Pressure Systemp. 43
An Ecology of Being and Non-Beingp. 45
Insomniap. 47
Creation Storyp. 49
November of Your Fiftieth Yearp. 50
III Name, Name, Name, Until You Are Bereft of Words
What the Body Remembersp. 55
Under Northern Saskatchewan Pinesp. 56
Bearing Storiesp. 57
Hollow Manp. 59
Black Bearp. 61
Wear Your Skin Lightlyp. 62
Sleepp. 63
Where Language Failsp. 64
In the Great Sand Hillsp. 65
Sonp. 66
Solitudep. 67
Shooting Starp. 68
Dreamp. 69
Winter-Hardp. 70
Birthday Poemp. 71
Woman Hangingp. 72
Religionp. 73
Under Cloud Bellyp. 74
Bearingp. 75
Renunciations: Februaryp. 77
Geesep. 78
Beatitudop. 79
Two Short Meditationsp. 82
Nightfallp. 83
Another Seasonp. 84
Acknowledgementsp. 87