I Swallow Turquoise for Courage

ISBN-10: 0816525927

ISBN-13: 9780816525928

Edition: 2007

Authors: Hershman R. John
List price: $16.95
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Description: Alk'ididaa' jini. The stories begin. In poems that exude the warmth of an afternoon in the southwestern sun, Hershman John draws readers into a world both familiar and utterly new. Raised on a reservation and in boarding schools, then educated at a state university, John writes as a contemporary Navajo poet. His is a new voice--one that understands life on both sides of the canyon that divides, but does not completely separate, the Dine people from their neighbors who live outside the reservation. His poetry draws freely from tribal myths and legends, and like its creator, it lives outside the reservation too. Perhaps that is why they seem so unspoiled, so sparkling. They are like gemstones that we have never seen. And we are dazzled. With their recurring images of sheep, coyotes, and crows--and an ever-present Navajo grandmother--these poems carry echoes of an ancient time that seems to exist in parallel with our own. The people who live in them bear, as if woven strand by strand into their souls, the culture and traditions of the Glittering World. Although these poems are lush with imagery of sunbaked lands, they are never sentimental. Throughout this collection, the poet's voice is confident, assured, and engaged with life in a messy world. It is a world in which animated spirits dwell comfortably with modern machinery, where the spiritual resides with the all-too-human. This is a welcoming universe. It invites us to enter, to linger, to savor, and to learn.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 9/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Two bodies of elements
Coyote's eyes
A sheep dog locked in photograph
Wooden duck
Watering the sheep
Post-modernity in Kayenta
My feminist grandmother
Man living on the rock
Coyote's ad infinitum
A '49 love chant
A postcard from Van Gogh
Storm patterns
The dark world
Gambling a good night away
A strong male rain
Coyote took her class
Spider woman's children
The rottweiler
Refusing to be blessed
She is ready to weave
Four days, four nights
A sheep dog laments
Buffalo head nickel
Theory of light
The blue world
Grandmother moon
Canyons echo grandma
In between
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