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10 thoughts on “Walking with Ghosts (Earthworks S.)

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    In Seattle, 100 lit candles I wanted the city to burn In San Francisco, a rainbow flag hung half mast I wanted the earth to split open In DC, the president finally spoke I wanted screams to shatter glass In Laramie, they wore armbands I wanted revolution.

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    This is not an easy book to read, and it shouldn t be It took me months One tear filled poem at a time There is a ring of beauty and joy hemming each poem in like a ring of salt to keep out despair I loved the imagery and the heart and the life found here, even in the face of overwhelming odds.

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    This is a book of strong poems, it brings the reader through many emotions anger, love, fear, sadness He uses his words to educate, mourn, heal and take back power He gives us his native language and traditions.My favorite poem is his long one written after Reagan s death, Eulogy for the 40th, he reminds us there are many in America who, We don t care if Ronnie was a gentleman or looked good in cowboy boots Please, don t talk about the smile flashing in his eyes Murdered nuns flashed in his eyes Granada Nicaragua, El Salvador AIDS flashed in his eyes Indeed, through out this book he brings up AIDS, rape, murder of gays and drag queens He rises their memory in elegies and rememberances He speaks in first person in some of these and we feel the fear it is to live a life as outsider In the one story in the book, named Story, this fear is bracing.This is a book to take back stolen territory, in the poem Song of Removal he addresses Columbus, AIDS, and all the removals that have taken place through time, he writes, And this white college student says to me I hate it when Hispanics won t speak English This is our country But it is not your country Never will be your country and the Xicano and the Xicana shall speak whatever they choose shall keep alive their ancestors shall keep living and I wonder why you don t speak Cheyenne punch in the belly writing on nearly every page.My second favorite poem is Eve...

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    I really appreciated this book for the fierce history survival stories Think that many of these pieces would be amazing performed live

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    Vivid imagery intertwined with experiences both unique and shared.I read through on a long bus ride, but anticipate many years of listening and learning.

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    Incredibly raw and powerful collection that maintained its lyrical quality while tackling issues of HIV AIDS in the gay community, hate crimes, the refugee making of Native Americans, violence towards in indigenous communities, and the author s own struggles as a two spirited individual in a society that likes to check boxes I loved this an...

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    Beautiful and Powerful Poetry

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    Qwo Li Driskill has a way of describing tragedy with a beautiful usage of language Each poem I felt deeply Beautiful book.

  9. says:

    A magnificent poetry collection by a Two Spirit Native American The poems in this book are just consistently tight and haunting 8.5 10

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Walking with Ghosts (Earthworks S.) Written From A Contemporary Cherokee, Queer, And Mixed Race Experience, Walking With Ghosts Poems Confronts The Legacy Of Land Theft, Genocide, And Forced Removal Of Cherokees From Their Homelands, While Simultaneously Resisting Ongoing Attacks On Both Indigenous And Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender GLBT Communities The Debut Work Of Qwo Li Driskill, A Young Cherokee Poet Also Of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, And Osage Ancestries, These Poems Move Across Cherokee History From The Infamous Trail Of Tears And The Allotment Act To The Indian Boarding School System And Contemporary Manifestations Of Racism, These Poems Reach Into Cherokee Collective Memory Asking Its Readers To Not Only Remember The History Of Colonization, But Also The Survival And Continuance Of Indigenous Nations With This Collection Driskill, Who Identifies As Queer As Well As Two Spirit A Contemporary Term Used In North American Indigenous Communities To Describe Diverse Sexual And Gender Identities Becomes One Of Only A Few Of American Indian Queer Two Spirit Male Writers In Print Refusing To Compromise Identities, Driskill Also Grapples With The Impact Of Hate Crimes On GLBT Communities, Multiracial And Multi Tribal Identity, The AIDS Crisis, Psychic Trauma, And War Yet The Poems In This Collection Are Rooted In A Sense Of Love And The Power Of Words To Heal The Legacies Of Colonization And Other Forms Of Violence Cherokee Love Poems Weave Into Eulogies To The Dead While Ghosts Draw The Living Into A Place Of Wholeness Tender, Startling, Confrontational And Erotic, This Book Honors The Dead And Brings The Survivors Back Home.