Claiming Breath

Claiming Breath

by Diane Glancy
     
 

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Like poets of legend, Diane Glancy has spent much of her life on the road. For years she supported her family by driving throughout Oklahoma and Arkansas teaching poetry in the schools. Claiming Breath is an account of one of those years, what Glancy calls “a winter count of sorts, a calendar, a diary of personal matters . . . and a final acceptance of

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Like poets of legend, Diane Glancy has spent much of her life on the road. For years she supported her family by driving throughout Oklahoma and Arkansas teaching poetry in the schools. Claiming Breath is an account of one of those years, what Glancy calls “a winter count of sorts, a calendar, a diary of personal matters . . . and a final acceptance of the broken past. . . . It’s a year that covers more than a year.”

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Library Journal
This collection of works records the difficulties and moments of doubt, as well as the insights and joys of the author's life as a Native American woman who has raised two children, divorced, and is continuing the struggle to find her place in the world. Some of the pieces are short essays, others are traditional poems, while still others are prose poems. A number of the pieces are titled just with dates, giving them a journal-like quality. Some of these works focus on domestic concerns, but many are broad probes into larger issues that involve culture, ethnicity, and writing. In a poem called ``Ethnic Arts: The Cultural Bridge,'' the author writes, ``I want to share what it's like to think as a/Native American. This will be nonlinear.'' And, indeed, the wanderings in this collection provide an interesting and various look at contemporary American life.-- Jessica Grim, Oberlin Coll. Lib., Ohio
World Literature Today

"An important addition to the literature of white-Indian cultural interrelationships."—World Literature Today
American Indian Culture and Research Journal

"Glancy is a major voice in Native America today. Claiming Breath is a refreshingly honest depiction of contemporary life and an important step in American Indian literature. Non-Indian readers can learn much from Glancy’s text, which presents an Indian worldview complete in its holistic complexity and integrity."—American Indian Culture and Research Journal
Choice

"This is a rich, satisfying book, full of wisdom."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803270664
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Series:
North American Indian Prose Award Series
Pages:
130
Sales rank:
1,085,622
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Glancy teaches creative writing and Native American literature at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her collections of poetry, Iron Woman, and of short fiction, Trigger Dance, have also won major prizes.

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