What Were Their Dreams? Valleys of Hope and Pain: Canada’s History

Wendy Morton‘s fifth book of poetry is one that will haunt you and leave you wondering about this country’s past. Commissioned by Vancouver Island’s Alberni Valley Museum to write poetry from archival photographs and journals, the West Coast poet has come away making a very real connecting to the lives of miners, housewives, millworkeers and the First Nations men and women who were forced, as children, into Residential Schools. These poems are disturbing and real.  But hope runs through these lines.  In What Were Their Dreams? Valleys of Hope and Pain: Canada’s History, Morton gives voice “to the ghosts of those who first came to the valley.”

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