Duncan Mercredi

Duncan Mercredi

Duncan Mercredi is a Cree/Metis poet, writer and storyteller, originally from Misipawistik (Grand Rapids, MB), whose oral influenced readings are widely admired. In addition to four books of poetry, he has had his work featured in numerous anthologies, including An Anthology of Native Literature in English (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Across Cultures Across Borders: Canadian Aboriginal and Native American Literatures (Broadview, 2010). Mercredi attended the Banff Centre screenwriting workshop after receiving the Ross Charles Award where his work “Oomsikakispanik” was chosen for further development. Since then he has participated in literary festivals such as the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, the Winnipeg Storytellers Festival; University of Manitoba’s For the love of Words Conference; Brandon University’s Aboriginal Writers and Storytellers Festival, and the Singing Waters Storytellers Gathering. He has also conducted workshops for the Young Authors Conference in Winnipeg. Mercredi is currently working on a major writing project, which to date has been a ten-year project. He is a founding member of Manitoba’s Aboriginal Writers Collective.


i don’t write pretty

i don’t write pretty
because ugly is what I see
i see it in your eyes
i feel it in your breath
when you speak
you hide behind a number
so no one knows your name
but i know you
i see you
i walk you
same place as me
i don’t write pretty
too many names on the wall
unable to rest
discarded piece of flesh
no name
no soul
no spirit
waiting for the drum to wake them
but the drum is tired
worn down
too many tears have fallen
it’s music drowned by other voices
better dead than
i don’t write pretty
these streets won’t let me

  • A new poem by Duncan Mercredi