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Absentee Indians and Other Poems

Kimberly Blaeser
Copyright Date: 2002
Pages: 131
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.14321/j.ctt7ztbcp
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    Absentee Indians and Other Poems
    Book Description:

    Absentee Indians and Other Poemsevokes personal yet universal experiences of the places that Native Americans call home, their family and national histories, and the emotional forces that help forge Native American identities. These are poems of exile, loss, and the celebration of that which remains. Anchored in the physical landscape, Blaeser's poetry finds the sacred in those ordinary actions that bind a community together. As Blaeser turns to the mysterious passage from sleeping to wakefulness, or from nature to spirit, she reveals not merely the movement from one age or place to another, but the movement from experience to vision.

    eISBN: 978-1-60917-008-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Acknowledgements
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Preface
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. ABSENTEE INDIANS

  6. STUDIES IN MIGRATION

  7. EVOLUTIONS

  8. MOTHERBIRTH

  9. FROM ONE HALF MAD WRITER TO ANOTHER

  10. THOSE THINGS THAT COME TO YOU AT NIGHT

  11. Epilogue
    (pp. 127-128)

    The energy of poems constructs a community. Arising as they do from the whole of our experience, they are not ours to start. They come from a history we were born into, a collection of family names and accounts we have heard, a map of places we have traveled. They are sifted from music and books and dreams. Even in their writing they seek shape from an aesthetic older than our remembrance of it. Beyond this, their written life and their speaking continues only by the grace of and on the lips of other lives.

    Whether we write our ancestry...

  12. Y2K Indian
    (pp. 129-131)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 132-132)