Water Lily Woman

On this morning, touched by dreams of beavers falling from the sky, I am pleased to announce that Textualis’ fourth title is Armand Garnet Ruffo’s Water Lily Woman.

This narrative long poem, retells an Anishinaabe oral legend through an erotic lens. In his inimitable style, Armand Garnet Ruffo traces the love relationship between a star-woman and a young man that leads to her transformation into the Water Lily. Not only foregrounding how the Anishinaabek are a people of the water, Ruffo also captures how desire lies at the root of our relationship with the natural world.

Here is a sample from the chapbook: the opening/invocation of “Sentient”.

Sentient Photo


Water Lily Woman

Armand Garnet Ruffo

Ottawa, Textualis Press, February 2017.

ISBN 978-0-9940450-3-4

Typeset in Bangla MN

Printed on Classic Laid (Whitestone),

Cover: Curious Skin (Stone)

$ 8.00

Armand Garnet Ruffo’s writing is strongly influenced by his Ojibway heritage. His poetry continues to be published widely, appearing most recently in The Best Canadian Poetry 2016. Publications include Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism (2016), The Thunderbird Poems (2015), Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird (2014), a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award, the award winning film A Windigo Tale (2010), At Geronimo’s Grave (2001) and Grey Owl: The Mystery of Archie Belaney (1996). He is currently the Queen’s (University) National Scholar in Indigenous Literatures and lives in Kingston, Ontario.



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