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7 thoughts on “Where Clouds are Formed (Sun Tracks)

  1. Bojan Bojan says:

    Zepeda honest and beautiful as always

  2. Kelly Kelly says:

    I love this book It's simple and poignant a beautiful collection

  3. C. Billie C. Billie says:

    These poems were lovely thought provoking and deep rooted However I found myself wishing for an Audible version whenever I came to parts written in the tongue of the Tohono O'odham Nation though There are several passages woven through a number of poems which I tried sounding out Not having the first clue of exactly how the words ought to sound well I ultimately skipped the lines out of sheer frustration Not a feeling I really want to experience from poetry

  4. Caitlin Caitlin says:

    Ofelia Zepeda's timeless collection is strongly tied to the Arizona desert and the Tohono O'odham Nation

  5. Mike Mike says:

    Powerful and elemental poetry that speaks to deeper truths I loved this book

  6. Michelle Boyer-Kelly Michelle Boyer-Kelly says:

    A wonderful collection of poems by Tohono O’odham poetprofessor Ofelia Zepeda that delve into what it means to be Tohono O’odham give cultural background and discusses contemporary issueschallengesand insights regarding identity Many of the poems are interested in language and the way that language can shape and alter identity In the poem “Birth Witness” the use of English and O’odham are juxtaposed and Zepeda suggests that it is really English that is the uncivilized language This poem of course alludes to boarding schools that attempted to remove all Indigenous languages from the mouths of young children But the poem further suggests that O’odham is still being used and it is used throughout this collection of poetry Further the poem deals with a uestion of sovereignty—what documents can be accepted to verify the birth of a Tohono O’odham citizen? Oral traditions and stories are discussed in “Words on Your Tongue” a poem that is at its heard about stories being a part of a human’s identity In a sense all of the poems themselves should be read aloud They are oral themselves because of the cadence that has been added—the rhythm replicates speech and oral traditions The best poem in the collection has to be “Walking with Language” In this poem language is again the theme of the poem Zepeda suggests that language changes but that by mastering language stories can be told By telling stories things are known It is such a good poem I have included it all Some have carried it held it close protected Others have pulled it along like a reluctant child Still others have waved it like a flag a signal to others And some have filled it with rage and dare others to come close And there are those who find their language a burdensome shackle They continually pick at the lock 64

  7. Riah Riah says:

    I didn't enjoy the poetry as much as I enjoyed the information contained within them eg a history of SW locations according to O'odham culture

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Where Clouds are Formed (Sun Tracks) [Reading] ➶ Where Clouds are Formed (Sun Tracks) ➬ Ofelia Zepeda – Thomashillier.co.uk Ofelia Zepeda is a Native American poet who possesses a kind of double vision She sees the contemporary world through her own highly observant eyes and at the same time through the eyes of her Tohono Ofelia Zepeda is a Native American poet who possesses a kind of double vision She sees the contemporary world through her own highly observant eyes and at Where Clouds PDF \ the same time through the eyes of her Tohono O’odham ancestors Seeing this way infuses her poetry with a resonance and depth that makes it a delight to read—and re read Zepeda is as clear eyed about the past as she is about the present She recalls waiting for the school bus on a cold morning inside her father’s truck listening to the sounds of the engine the windshield wipers and the “soft rain on the hood” She remembers celebrating Mass on the “cold dirt floor of the Winter Solstice” In the present she sees both the frustration and the humor in a woman she observes trying to eat pancakes with one hand while her other resides in a cast “Watching her I realize eating pancakes is a two handed job” Whatever she sees she filters through her second set of eyes which keep the past always present She tells of traveling to Waw Giwulig the most sacred mountain of the Tohono O’odham to ask for blessings—and forgiveness She writes that one should always bring music to the mountains “so they are generous with the summer rains” And still “the scent of burning wood holds the strongest memory Mesuite cedar piñon juniper we catch the scent of burning wood; we are brought home” It is a joy to see the world afresh through her eyes.

  • Hardcover
  • 96 pages
  • Where Clouds are Formed (Sun Tracks)
  • Ofelia Zepeda
  • English
  • 27 August 2015
  • 9780816527786