[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.
- 96 pages
- Where Clouds are Formed (Sun Tracks)
- Ofelia Zepeda
- 27 August 2015 Ofelia Zepeda