Dog Road Woman


Autobiographical sketch of Hedge Coke, a mixed-blood woman, presented in her debut collection of poems.
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Autobiographical sketch of Hedge Coke, a mixed-blood woman, presented in her debut collection of poems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566890618
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is the author of the American Book Award-winning debut collection Dog Road Woman and the memoir Rock, Ghost, Willow Deer (University of Nebraska Press). Growing up in North Carolina, Canada, and throughout the Great Plains, Hedge Coke earned her MFA at Vermont College and will join the faculty of Northern Michigan University in January 2005.
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Table of Contents

The Change 3
Alone Walking 8
Trace 9
Dog Road Woman 12
Thunder Hawk Meltdown 14
Wokiksuye 16
State Of Invisibility 21
Darkening Light 23
The Year of the Rat 26
Shoe Gestapo at the Blue Light Special Place 49
Night In Chaos 50
Responses 51
Sidelays Gwance 55
Pleas 56
Compartmentalizing 57
Legacy 59
When I Was a Girl Woman 72
Percheron Nambe Morning 76
Look At This Blue 79
Sequinned 81
Pine Ridger With a Lamborghini Dream 83
Radio Wave Mama 86
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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    magnificent stories woven out of amazingly arranged and chosen language

    The poems in this collection weave magnificent stories out of amazingly arranged and chosen language. The voice in the poems chants unhesitatingly about horrors endured and the triumph at being unbroken despite the horrors. The wisdom in the voice seems to speak beyond personal experience as well, touching a memory that is much more expansive than what has been lived. Perhaps a connection to something larger that many people ignore or do not have access to. This expansiveness, this beyondness, its presence in the poems shines constantly, making the truth embodied in the words recognizable instantly, like only something that has always been known but may have been forgotten can be inherently recognized. The words of the poems all seem to have this marvelous rhythm as well, something much more rich than music. Sometimes soft yet insistent, sometimes a blasting explosion of images and thoughts, all of it beautiful and wonderful.

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