In the Presence of the Sun

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In the Presence of the Sun is a celebration of works of extraordinary range by the accomplished author and artist N. Scott Momaday. A glorious testament to our Native American past, this collection of thirty years of work from 1961 through 1991 is a concentration of riches and proof of the persistence of the human spirit. This volume features over seventy poems, sixteen newstories about the great tribal shields that delve into the deeper meaning of legend, love, and loss, as well as a striking section devoted to ...

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Overview

In the Presence of the Sun is a celebration of works of extraordinary range by the accomplished author and artist N. Scott Momaday. A glorious testament to our Native American past, this collection of thirty years of work from 1961 through 1991 is a concentration of riches and proof of the persistence of the human spirit. This volume features over seventy poems, sixteen newstories about the great tribal shields that delve into the deeper meaning of legend, love, and loss, as well as a striking section devoted to Billy the Kid. The words, poems, and stories are enhanced by Momaday's own line drawings and paintings.

Momaday's voice is ancestral and contemporary, profoundly American and genuinely universal. Here, at his best, is a truly distinguished poet, storyteller, and artist.

The Pulitzer Prize-winner presents a luminous collection that reflects the traditions of the Native American past. This work includes 56 poems, 16 legends about great tribal shields, a section on Billy the Kid, and 60 haunting line drawings and paintings by Momaday himself.

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"...the images, the voices, the people are shadowy, elusive, burning with invention, like flames against a dark sky. For behind them is always the artist-author himself...a man with a sacred investiture. Strong medicine, strong art indeed." —The New York Times Book Review

"Momaday's acute relationship to nature shines through...every poem." —Los Angeles Times

"The strong, spare beauty of In the Presence of the Sun is compelling evidence that Scott Momaday is one of the most versatile and distinguished artists in America today." —Peter Matthiessen

"What astonishing range-from all that power and depth to those terrific, joking, epigrammatic, two-line poems in the 'New' section. It's beautiful..." —James Kincaid

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312098308
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/1993
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

N. Scott Momaday is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the Academy of American Poets Prize, and the Premio Letterario Internazionale "Mondello," Italy's highest literary award. Momaday is a writer, poet, and playwright whose books include The Man Made of Words, House Made of Dawn, and In the Presence of the Sun. He lives in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

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List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Preface
Selected Poems
The Bear 3
Buteo Regalis 4
Comparatives 5
Earth and I Gave You Turquoise 6
Simile 7
Plainview: 1 8
Plainview: 2 9
Plainview: 3 12
Plainview: 4 13
The Fear of Bo-talee 14
The Horse That Died of Shame 15
The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee 16
Sun Dance Shield 17
Headwaters 19
Rainy Mountain Cemetery 20
Angle of Geese 21
The Gourd Dancer 22
New World 24
Carriers of the Dream Wheel 26
The Stalker 27
The Colors of Night 28
North Dakota, North Light 31
Long Shadows at Dulce 32
Crows in a Winter Composition 33
Anywhere Is a Street into the Night 34
The Burning 35
The Wound 37
Forms of the Earth at Abiquiu 38
The Gift 39
The Strange and True Story of My Life With Billy the Kid
Two Figures 43
A Word on Billy the Kid 43
Riding Is an Exercise of the Mind 45
Billy the Kid, His Rocking Horse: A Lullaby 48
Billy the Boy at Silver City 49
Henry McCarty Witnesses His Mother's Marriage, 1 March 1873 50
The Man in Black 51
He Reckons Geologic Time According to His Sign 53
A Prospector Catches Sight of Him in the Dona Anas 54
On the Simple Nature of His Lust 55
The Girl at the Doll House 56
Billy's Boast to an Old Blind Woman at San Patricio 57
He Counts Anacita the Weaver Among His True Loves 58
Billy the Kid Offers a Kindness to an Old Man at Glorieta 59
He Encounters a Player at Words 61
He Would Place a Chair for Sister Blandina 62
Billy Fixes a Bully in His Gaze 63
Trees and Evening Sky 64
He Foretells Disaster in a Dream 65
He Enters Upon the Afternoon of His Last Day 66
Billy the Kid, the Departure of His Soul, 14 July 1881 67
Wide Empty Landscape with a Death in the Foreground 68
Two Figures 69
In the Presence of the Sun: A Gathering of Shields
The Story of a Well-Made Shield 73
A Word on the Plains Shield 73
The Shattered Sky Shield 77
The Shield That Came Back 79
The Floating Feathers Shield 81
Bote-talee's Shield 83
The Sun Dance Shield 85
The Plainest of Shields 87
The Shield of the Time of the Bluebonnets 89
The Shield of Which the Less Said the Better 91
The Shield That Died 93
Walking Bear's Shield 95
The Shield of Pai-matone's Brother 97
The Shield That Was Touched by Pretty Mouth 99
The Shield That Was Looked After by Dogs 101
The Muddy Horses Shield 103
The Shield That Was Brought Down from Tsoai 105
The Shield of Two Dreams 107
New Poems
Planned Parenthood 111
The Death of Beauty 112
On Futility 113
On Chastity 115
Of Ambition 116
On the Cause of a Homely Death 117
The Great Fillmore Street Buffalo Drive 119
Marina Green 121
Nous avons vu la mer 122
A Fire at Thule 123
Wreckage 124
Old Guerre 125
The Hotel 1829 126
Concession 127
Woman Waiting on a Porch 128
Mogollon Morning
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