The Eighth Day of Writemas
on the eighth day of writemas kate starts to realize that this is a bigger project than she originally thought ….
and shares one of her favourite poems by Ms Elizabeth Denny!!!
(the last of my Aboriginal Writers Collective submissions – unless of course those members former and current who “FORGOT” or “DIDN’T CHECK THEIR EMAIL” suddenly remember to send me something!!!!!)
Elizabeth Ann Denny is a proud Metis writer from Winnipeg. Her writing which takes many forms, can be found most recently on the APTN/ Buffalo Gals television production Cashing In. her first children’s book, Jenneli’s Dance, was released in 2008. Besides writing, her favourite pasties are reading, movies, long walks, and fighing the aging process.
once a month my grandmother comes to visit me
she stays for a few days and helps me clean
helps me purify
inside and out
it hurts my body, drains my mind and challenges my heart, this cleansing
wringing the poison out of my body
my grandmother brings me power
even greater than the sweat
some men don’t want me
in their lodge
when she’s around
too much female power
pushes out male domination
before we start
am i on my ‘time’?
can’t say the word
but they use it
an excuse to exclude
grandmother came from matriarchal times
she doesn’t understand
the serpent’s interpretation of her ways
the sweat, the smudge
serpent twisting and slimy
menstruation with a capital MEN
i’m forced to lie defy
the rules secretly willingly
but with the expectation of guilt and shame
pass me the forbidden apple
i want a biteKatherena Vermette
Hi, My name is Vernon Cook And I’m trying to find contact info on Elizabeth Denny. I’m the entertainment Director at Sams Place and we would like to have Ms Denny come and preform some of her great work for us. Your event is on the 25 of Aug and we have a some performers coming such as Fred Penner and would very much like to have Elizabeth Denny perform as well.
Thank you Vernon Cook
contact info Sams Place415-4728 or e-mail