The Flesh of Ice

By Garry Gottfriedson

Categories: Poetry, BIPOC
Imprint: Caitlin Press
Paperback : 9781773861579, September 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-09-13

The Flesh of Ice is a searingly honest and deeply heartfelt collection, dedicated to those who attended the Kamloops Indian Residential School and residential schools in Canada.


The Secwépemc term le estcwicwéy̓ (the missing) was given by Secwépemc elders who dedicated their knowledge and time to guide the community through the hell they were forced to endure in May 2021. Garry Gottfriedson’s The Flesh of Ice picks up the thread of his 2021 collection, Bent Back Tongue, describing the history and relationship of Indigenous people in Canada with the Canadian government and the Catholic church. Here is the story of those who survived Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS), and stories of descendants of KIRS who remembered "the missing” in the wake of the discovery of unmarked graves at the KIRS. Here, in hauntingly visceral poems, are the living conditions, policies and practices of the school itself, the stories of those who lived there, and the names of practitioners of the school, called out and cursed. Lastly, personal stories are given space to reclaim the narrative, taking readers on a journey of resilience, survival, pain and joy.