The Snow In Us

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Interactive Publications, Nov 5, 2013 - Poetry - 74 pages

In 1984, David Reiter began a journey of discovery well above the Arctic Circle. Rather than an expedition requiring physical strength and endurance, this was one of artistic exploration.

David lived for several weeks with one of Canada’s First People, the Inuit, well before their sovereignty was recognised by the federal government. Immersing himself in their lifestyle, culture and craft, David responded with sensitivity and admiration through the filter of poetry. Theirs was a lifestyle under threat from the incursion of southern culture and technology, but the Inuit today have proven as resilient as any Indigenous people.

Thirty years and several poetry collections later, David returns to his first work to celebrate not only the adventure of exploration and also to reflect on how far the Inuit have traveled since then. 

Enhanced by the drawings of Canadian artists Marilyn Higgins and Lloyd Bennett, this collection will transport you to a land and people worth contemplating as a model of endurance and survival. 


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About the author (2013)

David Reiter is an award-winning poet, writer of prose, and transmedia artist. His book, Hemingway in Spain and Selected Poems, was shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards and was made into a film. The Cave After Saltwater Tide (Penguin) won the Queensland Premier’s Poetry Award. He won the 2012 Western Australian Premier’s Award for his digital narrative My Planets Reunion Memoir and was shortlisted in 2011 for Nullarbor Song Cycle

A recipient of several grants from the Australia Council and Arts Queensland, David has been artist-in-residence at places such Bundanon (the Arthur Boyd property), the Michael King Centre (New Zealand), the Katharine Susannah Prichard Centre (Perth) and the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada).

This second edition of The Snow in Us is a remix of the first edition published by Five Islands Press, marking 25 years since his first title was published in 1989 – a quarter century of accomplishment across several genres.

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