Itch Like Crazy

ISBN-10: 0816521778

ISBN-13: 9780816521777

Edition: 2002

Authors: Wendy Rose

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Among Native American writers of mixed-blood heritage, few have expressed their concerns with personal identity with as much passion as Wendy Rose. In Itch Like Crazy, this gifted writer uses poetry as a tool to delve into the buried secrets of family history -- and all of American history as well. Confronting questions of personal history that itch like crazy -- the irritations that drive human existence -- Rose pays tribute to her Indian and European ancestors without hiding her anger with American society. Here are Europeans who first set foot on America's shores while Taino Indians greeted them as if they were visiting neighbors; Hopi and Miwok "Clan Mothers, grand-daughters, all those the missionaries erased"; and European forebears who as settlers pushed their way relentlessly west. Through her vivid imagery, Rose speaks to and for these ancestors with a sense of loss and an itching caused by the biases provoked by ethnic chauvinism. Itch Like Crazy is a finely crafted literary work that is also a manifesto addressing contacts and conflicts in the history of Indian-white relations. By presenting another view of U.S. history and its impact on the Native Americans who are Rose's ancestors, it offers a new appreciation of the issue of "tribal identity" that too often faces Native peoples of the Americas -- and is too often misunderstood by Euro-American society. Book jacket.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 11/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 121
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

These Bones
Imagine it like this
It happened that we were gathering shellfish
The Itch: First Notice
The Itch: Second Notice
Genealogical Research
Aborigine and Queen
Dear Grandfather Webb from England
Margaret Castor
Joseph Bigler
Margaret Mourns the Death of Joseph Bigler
Margaret Opens the Bon Ton Saloon
Castle Blake, Tipperary
Hugh Massey Barrett
Thinking of Andrew in Orono, Maine
Andrew MacInnes, You Look West Just at the Moment I Look East
Captain Andrew MacInnes of the Norfolk Militia
Henrietta's Song for Joseph
Defending Earth against the Gold Rush
My Ghost Comes to Joseph Evans and Isabel Graham
One-Way Conversations: Grandmothers
1830 as I Remember It
This Heart
One of those days when I see Columbus
International Hour of Prayer for the Yellowstone Buffalo Herd
I make this woman
Foremothers, I am that child
Listen. This is the Lie They Believed
Grandmother Rattler
Pahana Names the Mountain Flowers
Women Like Me
Signs of Survival: My Sister Weeds
Buckeye as You Are: September 11, 2001
Scientists said they expect to discover space warps
Epilogue: Leonid Shower, Late Fall, 2001
Listen Here for the Voices
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