Stacie McCall Whitaker - Stone Coast, Maine

Hands Were Made Callous Here

Written By: David Groulx

Before these mountains were torn off the earth
Before these rivers ran red with her blood

Men made their hands callous here
Men heaved the bones of the earth for bread
Men made a town
with their fists and shoulders,
that kind of poetry that is
written with sweat.

We dug our graves here
and buried
our fathers.

About the Author

David Groulx / Stonecoast Review / Issue 7 / Summer 2017 / Poetry / Hands Were Made Callous Here / Two Tornadoes

David Groulx was raised in Elliot Lake, Ontario. He is proud of his aboriginal roots, Anishinaabe and French Canadian. He won the 3rd annual Poetry NOW Battle of the Bards. He has published ten books of poetry. His book, The Wabigoon River Poems, was nominated for the Archibald Lampman Award in 2016, and he was the writer in residence for Open Book: Toronto for November 2012. His poetry has been translated into both French and Ojibwa. Red River Review nominated his poetry for the Pushcart Prize in 2012. One Throne Magazine nominated his poetry for the National Magazine Awards in 2014. His poetry has appeared in over a 180 magazines in 15 countries.