Jacob's Prayer

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Caitlin Press
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5.4 X 7.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author
Lorne Dufour has worked as a teacher, a counsellor, a logger, a travelling showman and a poet. In 1985 he played the alcoholic priest in the film 'The Honor of All', the story of the Alkali Lake Reserve's battle with alcoholism. Dufour has published two books of poetry, 'Spit on Wishes' and 'Starting From Promise', which won the Poets' Corner Award from Broken Jaw Press in 2000. He is a handlogger and lives off the grid in McLeese Lake, BC, with his wife Diana.

"Lorne Dufour's Jacob's Prayer and Robert Arthur Alexie's Porcupines and China Dolls are prayers for healing. These prayers are not recited over the heads of fearful children who do not understand their meaning: they are true prayers grounded in the sacred dirt of life. As witnesses of the filthy legacies of colonialism, Dufour and Alexie call First Nations to come together with real hope for healing." -- Canadian Literature

"Like many First Nations communities across Canada, Alkali Lake had been severely impacted by decades of residential schools and forced religion. The legacy of colonialism had deprived them of their language and culture and created a devastating relationship with alcoholism.

Jacob's Prayer takes place during this time of transformation, and speaks to the unexpected resiliency of a community and its people." -- Williams Lake Tribune