The Crooked Beak of Love

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Poetry. Native American Studies. Duane Niatum has long been viewed as an important poetic voice not only in the growing body of estimable work by American Indian writers but in American poetry as a whole. THE CROOKED BEAK OF LOVE, which blends masterful revisions of earlier writings with new lyrics of love, loss, and experience, is his finest and most mature work thus far. Whether he is on the time-worn streets of Rome or looking over the dream-haunted waters of Neah Bay, Niatum's vision never fails him. There ...

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Poetry. Native American Studies. Duane Niatum has long been viewed as an important poetic voice not only in the growing body of estimable work by American Indian writers but in American poetry as a whole. THE CROOKED BEAK OF LOVE, which blends masterful revisions of earlier writings with new lyrics of love, loss, and experience, is his finest and most mature work thus far. Whether he is on the time-worn streets of Rome or looking over the dream-haunted waters of Neah Bay, Niatum's vision never fails him. There are such deep roots beneath these poems. Anyone who loves poetry will appreciate the many journeys that are generously shared here — Joseph Bruchac.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780931122965
  • Publisher: West End Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Crow's Fear of Growing White 3
His Medicine Man 4
Days We Need a Good Rain 6
Song of Breath and Water 8
November Watercolor 10
Song of the Yellow Pine 12
To Our Salish Women Who Weave the Seasons 13
Awe-Shaker 15
Muskogee Carrier of the Stories 16
Raven the Great Toe Word Clacker 18
We Sing in this Life So the Dead Come Home 20
Son, This Is What I Can Tell You 23
This Spring the Finch Is Songmaker 27
Windows 28
The Washington Park Arboretum 29
Survival Song at Fifty 30
To Nelson Bentley Who Praised the Figures Born of Sensation 31
Skagit Valley 35
Moonrise at Oak Bay 36
Love Changed Our Spirits and the Dance 37
A Moment of Recollection 39
Ode to the Daughter I Never Had 40
Chasing the Sun 42
The Moves to Shrink the Distances 43
In Your City of Stone, Sculpture and Ruin 44
Barnacle 49
Rufous Hummingbird 51
December Rose 52
The Salmon 53
North Rain 54
Michigan Storm 55
Three Rounds on the Hill of Winter 56
Poem to Leave under a Tree 57
Coastal Storm 58
Moon of Crackling Branches 61
Moon of Deep Snow 62
Moon of Chinook Winds 63
Moon of Flowers 64
Moon of Ripe Berries 65
Moon of Dry Grass 66
Moon of Harvest 67
Moon of Frost's Return 68
Moon of Winter 69
Notes 70
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