Indian Giver John Smelcer

ISBN: 9781935248804

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Indian Giver  by  John Smelcer

Indian Giver by John Smelcer
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Poetry at its most satirical and courageous. A tremendous book.—Seamus HeaneyFew voices in American literature are so honest and daring.—Mark StrandOne of our most brilliant poets.—Roxanne Dunbar-OrtizI feel the primal grain and temper of theMorePoetry at its most satirical and courageous. A tremendous book.—Seamus HeaneyFew voices in American literature are so honest and daring.—Mark StrandOne of our most brilliant poets.—Roxanne Dunbar-OrtizI feel the primal grain and temper of the genuine here.—William HeyenA lament, a protest, an inextinguishable song.—Sherod SantosAmong the best and most original poets in America.—Stanley KunitzNothing short of splendid.—Robert NazareneThe kind of energy found in the poems of William Carlos Williams and Gary Snyder.—Joseph BruchacThese poems tell harsh truths of hopelessness and genocide.

The confusion of children whose religion is forbidden- the ironic poverty of a lottery winner- an alternate American history in which Columbus turns and sails away—in deceptively simple language, we hear the protest of survivors. Indian is not a derogatory word. Its what we call ourselves.AFTER A SERMON AT THE CHURCH OF INFINITE CONFUSIONAt ten, Mary Caught-in-Betweencame home from sunday school,told every animal and bird and fishthey couldnt talk anymore,told her drum it couldnt sing anymore,told her feet they couldnt dance anymore,told her words they werent words anymore,told Raven and Coyote they werent gods anymore,said god was a starving white manwith long hair and blue eyes and a beardwho no one loved enough to savewhen they nailed him to a totem pole.John Smelcer has written over forty books of poetry and prose.

He is a member of the Alaskan Ahtna tribe.



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