web site hit counter Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry

Availability: Ready to download

Although American Indian poetry is widely read and discussed, few resources have been available that focus on it critically. This book is the first collection of essays on the genre, bringing poetry out from under the shadow of fiction in the study of Native American literature. Speak to Me Words is a stimulating blend of classic articles and original pieces that reflect t Although American Indian poetry is widely read and discussed, few resources have been available that focus on it critically. This book is the first collection of essays on the genre, bringing poetry out from under the shadow of fiction in the study of Native American literature. Speak to Me Words is a stimulating blend of classic articles and original pieces that reflect the energy of modern American Indian literary studies. Highlighting various aspects of poetry written by American Indians since the 1960s, it is a wide-ranging collection that balances the insights of Natives and non-Natives, men and women, old and new voices. Included here are such landmark articles as "Answering the Deer" by Paula Gunn Allen, "Herbs of Healing" by Carter Revard, and "Song, Poetry and Language—Expression and Perception" by Simon Ortiz—all pieces that have shaped how we think about Native poetry. Among the contributions appearing for the first time are Elaine Jahner writing on Paula Gunn Allen's use of formal structures; Robert Nelson addressing pan-Indian tropes of emergence, survival, return, and renewal; and Janet McAdams focusing on Carter Revard's "angled mirrors." Although many Native writers may disregard distinctions between genres, together these writings help readers see the difference between American Indian poetry and other forms of Native literature. These essays are as broad, encompassing, and provocative as Native poetry itself, branching off from and weaving back into one another. In showing how American Indian poetry redefines our social order and articulates how Indian communities think about themselves, these writers establish a new foundation for the study—and enjoyment—of this vital art.


Compare

Although American Indian poetry is widely read and discussed, few resources have been available that focus on it critically. This book is the first collection of essays on the genre, bringing poetry out from under the shadow of fiction in the study of Native American literature. Speak to Me Words is a stimulating blend of classic articles and original pieces that reflect t Although American Indian poetry is widely read and discussed, few resources have been available that focus on it critically. This book is the first collection of essays on the genre, bringing poetry out from under the shadow of fiction in the study of Native American literature. Speak to Me Words is a stimulating blend of classic articles and original pieces that reflect the energy of modern American Indian literary studies. Highlighting various aspects of poetry written by American Indians since the 1960s, it is a wide-ranging collection that balances the insights of Natives and non-Natives, men and women, old and new voices. Included here are such landmark articles as "Answering the Deer" by Paula Gunn Allen, "Herbs of Healing" by Carter Revard, and "Song, Poetry and Language—Expression and Perception" by Simon Ortiz—all pieces that have shaped how we think about Native poetry. Among the contributions appearing for the first time are Elaine Jahner writing on Paula Gunn Allen's use of formal structures; Robert Nelson addressing pan-Indian tropes of emergence, survival, return, and renewal; and Janet McAdams focusing on Carter Revard's "angled mirrors." Although many Native writers may disregard distinctions between genres, together these writings help readers see the difference between American Indian poetry and other forms of Native literature. These essays are as broad, encompassing, and provocative as Native poetry itself, branching off from and weaving back into one another. In showing how American Indian poetry redefines our social order and articulates how Indian communities think about themselves, these writers establish a new foundation for the study—and enjoyment—of this vital art.

35 review for Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Suagee-beauduy

    Excerpts: Introduction: "Failing to recognize the existence of genres is equivalent to claiming that a literary work does not bear any relationship to already existing works. Genres are precisely those relay-points by which the work assumes a relation with the universe of literature" --Tzvetan Todorov (3). "There is no genre of 'Indian Literature' because we are all different. There is only literature written by people who are Indian and who, therefor, infuse their work with their own lives the sam Excerpts: Introduction: "Failing to recognize the existence of genres is equivalent to claiming that a literary work does not bear any relationship to already existing works. Genres are precisely those relay-points by which the work assumes a relation with the universe of literature" --Tzvetan Todorov (3). "There is no genre of 'Indian Literature' because we are all different. There is only literature written by people who are Indian and who, therefor, infuse their work with their own lives the same way you do." --Wendy Rose (3). "In a 1987 article, Joseph Bruchac lists four 'shared understandings' of Native American poetry. There are (in abbreviated form) 1. Traditions of respect for the Earth and the Natural world. 2. An awareness of a strong tribal/folk culture which has been transmitted to them either by family or learned through continued personal seeking. 3. Respect for the awesome power of the Word. Power which can quite literally make or destroy, break or heal. 4. The awareness that English, even if they have grown up with it and mastered it, even if they have little or no practical knowledge of their original tribal language, is a different language for them than it is for the average 'American' writer" (8). Janice Gould: "one function of American Indian poetry has been to 'resist cultural erasure,' to question the dominant narrative, and to remember our histories clearly as a way to resist both amnesia and nostalgia" (10). Robert Nelson identifies pan-Indian "tropes of emergence, survival, return, and renewal" (16).

  2. 4 out of 5

    secondwomn

    an insightful collection of essays on topics and poets writing from a native american perspective. some of these should really be required reading for all american literature courses.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Killelea

    one of the best

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Gould's "Poems as Maps . . . " - very good shit. Gould's "Poems as Maps . . . " - very good shit.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Esther Blanco

  6. 4 out of 5

    Qwo-Li

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dale Allen

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  12. 5 out of 5

    Crisosto Apache

  13. 5 out of 5

    QueerStudies OregonState

  14. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Redwood

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ninge Engelen

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wamble white eagle

  18. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Philippa

  19. 5 out of 5

    Glenda Bailey-Mershon

  20. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Rizzo

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nea

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ching-In

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sonja Snow

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan Catherine

  27. 4 out of 5

    Meg Singer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tameca

  29. 4 out of 5

    Asela Kemper

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yasmin

  31. 4 out of 5

    Terry Everett

  32. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Sprouse

  33. 5 out of 5

    Neverdust

  34. 5 out of 5

    Dandi

  35. 4 out of 5

    Daphne

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.