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A prolific voice in Native American writing for more than twenty years, Rose has been widely anthologized, and is the author of eight volumes of poetry. Bone Dance is a major anthology of her work, comprising selections from her previous collections along with new poems. The 56 selections move from observation of the earth to a search for one's place and identity on it. In an introduction written for this anthology, Rose comments on the place each past collection had in her development as a poet.

"Rich in poems which enhance our awareness of the human complexity of our social and moral dilemmas." —Book Review Digest

"There is a whisper in the wind among the chapters . . . and a singing rain beyond the window." —American Indian Culture Research Journal

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"[Rose] weaves a seamless tapestry, an exquisite melding of image, language, and rhythm with an irrepressible sense of urgency." —Chris Faatz, Seattle Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816514281
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Sun Tracks Series , #27
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,333,573
  • Product dimensions: 0.32 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Rose is the author of several volumes of poetry, including Now Poof She Is Gone and The Halfbreed Chronicles.
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Table of Contents

For My People 3
The Long Root 4
Mano 5
Lab Genesis 6
Long Division: A Tribal History 9
Vanishing Point: Urban Indian 10
The Parts of a Poet 11
Hopi Overlay: Turquoise Words Going Home 12
Lost Copper 15
To Some Few Hopi Ancestors 16
I Expected My Skin and My Blood to Ripen 18
Three Thousand Dollar Death Song 20
For the White Poets Who Would Be Indian 22
Incident at a Hamburger Stand: Iowa City 23
Another One of Those Dreams Where I Grind My Own Colors 25
Water Colors 26
The Man Who Dreamed He Was Turquoise 27
Alaskan Fragments 33
Literary Luncheon: Iowa City 37
Chicago 38
Searching for Indians in New Orleans 39
My Red Antennae Receiving: Vermont 40
Corn-Grinding Song to Send Me Home: New Hampshire 41
Cemetery: Stratford, Connecticut 42
Subway Graffiti: An Anthropologist's Impressions, New York City 43
Loo-Wit 51
Throat Song: The Whirling Earth 53
Truganinny 54
The Day They Cleaned Up the Border: El Salvador 56
Robert 58
Julia 60
Lenape 65
Reminder 66
Leaving Port Authority for Akwesasne 67
What the Mohawk Made the Hopi Say 68
Six Nations Museum 70
Adirondack Trailways as Spirit Helper 71
What Distinguishes Sunset in Seattle from Sunset in Chicago 75
Margaret Neumann 77
Mount Rushmore 81
December 82
Excavation at Santa Barbara Mission 84
Notes On a Conspiracy 86
Yellow Ribbons 88
Dry Lightning 93
Is it crazy to want to unravel 94
Do you see her alone on the mountain 96
Remember waking up with me 97
Forty, Trembling 99
Coarsegold Morning 100
Holodeck 101
Opening Wide Near Kingman 102
Moisture in the Air Still from Yesterday's Storm 103
Plutonium Vespers 104
Retrieving Osceola's Head 106
Coyote 108
Acknowledgments 111
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