The Dialogues: The Song of Francis Pegahmagabow
Armand Garnet Ruffo
May 7, 2024
248 pages | 978-1-989496-91-6
In The Dialogues: The Song of Francis Pegahmagabow, award-winning author Armand Garnet Ruffo brings to life not only the story of the famed WWI Indigenous sniper, but also the complexities of telling Indigenous stories. From Manitoulin Island to the trenches of WWI to the stage, Ruffo moves seamlessly through time in these poems, taking the reader on a captivating journey through Pegahmagabow’s story and onto the creation of Sounding Thunder, the opera based on his life. Throughout, Ruffo uses the Ojibwe concept of two-eyed seeing, which combines the strengths of western and Indigenous ways of knowing, and invites the reader to do the same, particularly through the inclusion of the Anishinaabemowin language within the collection. These are poems that challenge western conventions of thinking, that celebrate hope and that show us a new way to see the world.
2024 Spring Preview: Short Fiction and Poetry (Attila Berki; Cassandra Drudi; Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Quill & Quire, 17/02/2024)
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About the Author
Armand Garnet Ruffo is an Anishinaabe writer from Treaty #9 territory in northern Ontario. A recipient of an Honourary Life Membership Award from the League of Canadian Poets and the Latner Griffin Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, he is recognized as a major contributor to both Indigenous literature and Indigenous literary scholarship in Canada. His publications Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird (2014) and Treaty # (2019) were finalists for Governor General’s Literary Awards. He teaches at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Other Titles by This Author
At Geronimo's Grave (2021)
TREATY # (2019)