Stations of the Crossed


poems by Carol Rose GoldenEagle

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October 31, 2022

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Shortlisted, 2023 Book of the Year Award (Saskatchewan Book Awards)
Shortlisted, 2023 SK Arts Poetry Award Honouring Anne Szumigalski
Shortlisted, 2023 Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Award

Recalling Easter church services she attended as a child, Carol Rose GoldenEagle draws on the “stations of the cross,” the annual ritual of the priest presenting plaques depicting the stages of Christ’s persecution to his resurrection. Using these early teachings as a springboard for critical reflections, the poems in Stations of the Crossed look back but, more importantly, look forward to reclaim the gifts given by Creator within Indigenous culture.

Carol Rose GoldenEagle’s searing new poetry collection examines the dark legacy of the Residential School System, Church and government doctrine, and the ongoing impacts on Indigenous Peoples’ lives across Turtle Island.

“Written with power and grace, Stations of the Crossed tells the story of ‘doors marked in blood’ from the point-of-view of a Sixties Scoop survivor, honouring those who ‘survive because they have learned how.’ If this book makes you cry, let it. These poems of blood-memory and soul, heartbreaking police brutality, and misconducts of the system have strength, humility, and wisdom, and are urgent reading for anyone interested in reconciliation.”
— Yasuko Thanh, author, Mistakes To Run With

Stations of the Crossed takes apart this country’s long history of trying to extinguish Indigenous culture, and the legacy of colonialism. Carol Rose GoldenEagle’s own experience as a child of the Sixties Scoop is direct and especially moving. She replaces the Old Testament justifications with her own memories and reflections on community, the teachings and ways of being in Indigenous culture. It’s been said if we only have one story, that’s the story we become. This is a book about finding that new path, and the kind of story we need now—a true one.”
—Bruce Rice, author of The Vivian Poems: The Life and Work of Street Photographer Vivian Maier

“With Stations of the Crossed, Carol Rose GoldenEagle has given us a profound piece of poetic storytelling unlike anything else. This compelling collection is a thorough exploration of the role of so-called faith in destroying Indigenous culture and identity, and her life-long resolve and resilience to restore Cree pride and understanding. In each piece, GoldenEagle directly responds to Bible passages and the historic rhetoric of the colonizers with heartfelt personal insights and truths, resulting in a strong statement of resistance and revival that will echo across the land.”
—Waubgeshig Rice, author, Moon of the Crusted Snow  

“Carol Rose’s poetry is profound, phenomenal! The journey of words intertwining takes you to the past and the future. The connections intertwined uniquely exceptional while capturing the poetic beauty, and creation of a masterpiece! I survived genocide in and from the institutional residential school. I felt the journey, the shift through Carol Rose’s incredible poetry. It brought me some tears. It put my life in a perspective of silhouettes and vivid picturesque. This is poetry you want to read again and again. I highly recommend for high school and university classes!”
—Bevann Fox, author of Genocidal Love

“I was stripped of any religious or spiritual faith a long time ago. My childhood in Residential School and under the oppressive thumb of the Church proved to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no God or Creator above or around us, for who with such strength and power would allow children to undergo such horror and not step in to save them? The words that Carol has so wonderfully woven together speak to many of the questions I found myself asking over my own life. Juxtaposed with the Fundamentalist Propaganda of the bible, the poems in this collection call out and shine a light upon the truths and pain that we as Indigenous people have faced since the coming of the White Man. They lay bare the ugly reality of the steps taken to erase who we are and what we are, while at the same time questioning the very dogmas and falsehoods pushed upon us as Gospel and Salvation. The underlying theme of Carol’s pieces prove one thing emphatically: that our true strength, medicine and power does not lie with the unseen, omnipotent fallacy of a sky god or ethereal Geppetto-like Daddy Figure, but with the very thing that has not and will never be destroyed, try as they might- the actual living, breathing flesh and blood of us as a people, our mothers and grandmothers and our children, those who have gone before, and those yet to come. Carol’s words show where devotion and reverence should be placed; it should be placed upon those who survived the storm, and those who will one day live a life free of the memories of it. This book will speak to those who are needing to hear it, and need to know that it is OK to say, “wait a minute…”
—John Brady McDonald, Nehiyawak-Metis author of Childhood Thoughts and Water and KITOTAM: He Speaks to It

Stations of the Crossed

Cree/Dene writer and artist Carol Rose GoldenEagle was appointed Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate in 2021. She is the author of the award-winning novel Bearskin Diary. It was chosen as the national Aboriginal Literature Title for 2017. The French language translation, entitled Peau D’ours, won a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her first book of poetry, Hiraeth, was shortlisted for a 2019 Saskatchewan Book Award. Her second novel, Bone Black, was shortlisted for both the 2020 Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Book Award (Saskatchewan Book Awards) and Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Book Award. Carol’s latest novel, The Narrows of Fear (Wapawikoscikanik), won the 2021 Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Award (Saskatchewan Book Awards), and her poetry collection Essential Ingredients was shortlisted for the 2022 SK Arts Poetry Award. Carol was also recently honoured with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Stations of the Crossed is Carol’s third poetry collection.
A visual artist, her work has been exhibited in art galleries across Saskatchewan and Northern Canada. A CD of women’s drum songs, Squaw’kin Iskwewak Wymyns’ Songs, in which Carol is featured, was nominated for a Prairie Music Award. Before pursuing art on a full-time basis, Carol worked as a journalist for more than 30 years in television and radio at APTN, CTV, and CBC. She lives in Regina Beach, Saskatchewan. www.carolrosegoldeneagle.ca

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1 review for Stations of the Crossed

  1. Inanna Admin

    Stations of the Crossed by Carol Rose GoldenEagle
    reviewed by The Minerva Reader – May 15, 2023

    If a faith cannot withstand the investigations into human failings, then that faith is hollow and lacks a solid foundation. And, let’s say those foundations have been found to be morally unfound, why then should we hesitate to raze them to the ground? Why are we so afraid to face the facts of what happened? Why, according to a recent article in The Walrus, is the trend, with regard to residential schools, to shy away and deny this genocide?

    Surely true faith should be stronger than that. And indeed, with Stations of the Crossed, Carol Rose GoldenEagle shows us that there is faith, waiting in the darkness. It may not the faith we’ve been conditioned to accept but it is there.

    Ultimately, this collection is faith-affirming and uplifting and I, for one, embrace it wholely, and I thank Carol Rose GoldenEagle for these writings at this dark time.

    “darkness is always present but allow it in only when needed
    during those times to avoid another trap
    real or imagined

    you will find your way out listening to the whispers of the Spirit
    following it

    in yourself
    and in Creator and those who surround us”
    Amazing Grace

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