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Icemen / Stoneghosts

James Thurgood

Penumbra Press Poetry Series, No. 39

'WRITING NORTH' is how this book might best be described. The poems in this collection are strong of place—the Ungava region of Québec—but the persons whose stories unfold are, for the most part, fictitious. And compelling for both their accurate description and their evocations of feelings that stir within each of our personal garrisons.

they don't speak English

I plod through plush snow
to mid lake
where at a fishing-hole
their twelve-year-old daughter
—perfect face wreathed in foxfur—
reclines on an elbow
like Cleopatra
one lazy mittened hand
working a jigger

at her feet
two fish frozen

drops of blood
on the snow



James Thurgood


Originally from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, James Thurgood has lived and taught on Indian reservations in the far north for over a decade. Thurgood is an accomplished entertainer, having pioneered busking in Halifax in the late seventies and early eighties, and an accomplished folk and country singer, having been part of the so-called "Irish" trio, Bag o' Hammers, in the maritimes, and part of the musical duo, Two for the Road, with Metis singer George Anderson, in Manitoba.

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