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Carter Revard, Osage Indian poet, Rhodes scholar, and professor of medieval English literature, shares both this amazement and his amazing command of language in this first retrospective collection of 40 published and unpublished pieces written from 1970 to 1991.

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Carter Revard, Osage Indian poet, Rhodes scholar, and professor of medieval English literature, shares both this amazement and his amazing command of language in this first retrospective collection of 40 published and unpublished pieces written from 1970 to 1991.

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Revard (English, George Washington Univ.) is a highly complex poet of Native American ancestry who grew up among the Osage and Ponca people in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. His most lyrical works evoke tribal and childhood memories of that magical place, a world of ``boulders brilliant with tangerine, umber, bluegray luminous lichens'' where ``purple martins . . . dip and sip, veer and swoop.'' But the poet is also a scholar of medieval English literature, and other verses evoke university life in Oxford and St. Louis. His style can shift from colloquial narrative poems to tribal chants to Anglo-Saxon alliterative verse. Like the trickster figure he admires, Revard assumes many forms and speaks in many accents. But his theme of ``giveaway'' (thanksgiving) unifies the book: he praises geodes, watermelons with ``sugar-frosted'' hearts, everything ``the earth has brought/ us.'' Recommended for larger collections.-- Daniel L. Guillory, Millikin Univ., Decatur, Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816514038
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Series: Sun Tracks , #24
  • Pages: 123
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carter Revard is the author of three collections of poetry and a professor emeritus of English at Washington University, he lives in St. Louis.

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Table of Contents

A Giveaway Special
In Oklahoma 3
Not Just Yet 5
Over by Fairfax, Leaving Tracks 7
Rock Shelters 9
Parading with the V.F.W. 13
November in Washington D.C. 15
Where to Hang Them 17
The Readie and Easie Way 19
A Cardinal, New Snow, and Some Firewood 21
Close Encounters 25
As Brer Coyote Said 29
An Eagle Nation 31
What the Eagle Fan Says 35
Moccasins for Christophoros 37
Communing Before Supermarkets 43
October, Isle of Skye 47
Walking on Skye 49
"But Still in Israel's Paths They Shine" 55
Letter to Friends on the Isle of Skye 57
North of Santa Monica 61
January 15 as a National Holiday 63
A Word in Time 65
Statement on Energy Policy 67
Outside in Oxford 69
Outside in St. Louis 71
Gelogeny Revisited 73
Homework at Oxford 75
Birch Canoe 87
Stone Age 89
Geode 91
Dragon-watching in St. Louis 93
In the Changing Light 95
Foetal Research 97
The Man Lee Harvey Oswald Missed 99
A Response to Terrorists 101
Earth and Diamonds 103
Starring America 107
Snowflakes, Waterdrops, Time, Eternity and So On 117
Sea-Changes 119
When Earth Brings 123
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