Guitar Player

By Garry Gottfriedson b. 1954 Garry Gottfriedson
Where do you want my heart now?

Placed next to yours
on your pale skin
so that I will fall
in love with your sweaty pain

I have heard
your bones crack the dry cement
that leafed the frenzied spirit within

I witnessed its wildness escape into your body
screaming kissy words
while your fingers plucked at my guitar

your eyes were Koyoti’s & Ska-la-la’s
trying to rip a path to my soul

& I froze there in my manly state
knowing there’s nothing that I can do

Garry Gottfriedson, “Guitar Player” from Whiskey Bullets. Copyright © 2006 by Garry Gottfriedson. Reprinted by permission of Ronsdale Press.

Source: Whiskey Bullets (Ronsdale Press, 2006)

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Poet Garry Gottfriedson b. 1954


Subjects Relationships, Love, Arts & Sciences, Music, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes


Poet, teacher, and rancher Garry Gottfriedson is a member of the Secwepemc First Nation. Born into a renowned rodeo and ranching family in Kamloops, British Columbia, Gottfriedson earned an MA in education from Simon Fraser University; he  also studied creative writing at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
His works include 100 Years of Contact (1990); In Honor of Our Grandmothers: Imprints of Cultural Survival (1994); . . .

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