Life is a Fatal Disease: Collected Poems, 1962-1995

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This omnibus collection richly reflects the experience of its already legendary author, invoking myth and history, tragedy and comedy, narrative and lyric, nightmare and the clear light of day. Allen works in a great tradition of storytelling and education, delight-making and argument to bring a multitude of people, places, and situations before us. Particularly compelling is the variety of her poetic skills: her rich references, her lyrical flights, and, always, her earnest and...

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Overview

This omnibus collection richly reflects the experience of its already legendary author, invoking myth and history, tragedy and comedy, narrative and lyric, nightmare and the clear light of day. Allen works in a great tradition of storytelling and education, delight-making and argument to bring a multitude of people, places, and situations before us. Particularly compelling is the variety of her poetic skills: her rich references, her lyrical flights, and, always, her earnest and compassionate voice.

Born in Cubero, New Mexico, a Spanish land grant village adjacent to Laguna Pueblo, Allen is of Laguna/Sioux/Lebanese/Scotch-American descent. Her mother's Laguna people are Keres speakers. Her father, Lee Francis, who grew up speaking Spanish and Arabic, went on to become lieutenant governor of New Mexico (1967-1970). Among the numerous books written and edited by Paula Gunn Allen are Spider Woman's Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Woman and The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Tradition. She is professor of English at UCLA.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780931122859
  • Publisher: West End Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Gunn Allen, Laguna Pueblo/Sioux/Scots/Lebanese poet, philosopher, scholar, and teacher, was born in Cubero, New Mexico, in 1939. She received her doctorate from the University of New Mexico in 1976; her dissertation evolved into a major work of cultural criticism, The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions. Two volumes of her poetry, Skins and Bones and Life Is a Fatal Disease, were published by West End Press. She completed the manuscript for this book a week before her death on May 29, 2008 in Fort Bragg, California.

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Table of Contents

Malinalli, La Malinche, to Cortes, Conquistador 3
For Carol 5
Pocahontas to Her English Husband, John Rolfe 6
Medicine Song 8
Something Fragile, Broken 11
What It Means 13
The Garden 14
On the Street: Monument 17
Wool Season: 1973 18
A Chloroformed Poem to Your Closed Eyes 19
Curiosity at UD 21
Missing 22
High Steppin' Seboyetano 25
Heyoka, Coyote Tale 27
Never Cry Uncle 28
Laguna Ladies Luncheon 30
Grandma's Dying Poem 31
For What Remains Behind 35
Taking a Visitor to See the Ruins 36
Indian Blood 37
Weed 40
Dear World 41
A Piece of Grief, Just a Piece 42
Life is a Fatal Disease 43
Myth/Telling - Dream/Showing 47
Runes 49
Grandmother 69
Molly Brant, Iroquois Matron, Speaks 70
Elegy for My Son 75
Iroquois Sunday: Watertown, 1982 76
Suiciding(ed) Indian Women 77
Teaching Poetry at Votech High, Santa Fe, The Week John Lennon Was Shot 80
Affirmation 88
Powwow 79, Durango 90
Tucson: First Night 91
Surfacing in Private Space 94
For Friday 95
Riding the Thunder 98
Song at Midnight from the Spirit Who Rides the Stars Like Horses 100
? Quien es que anda? 102
What is Beyond Me 104
Morning Coffee at Peet's 108
Resurrection 109
Dialog 112
Poem for Pat 113
Kopis'taya, a Gathering of Spirits 114
Perhaps Somebody Dreams 116
The One Who Skins Cats 123
Creation Story 128
Essentially, It's Spring 129
American Apocalypse 130
Hanging Out in America 131
The Lilies of the Field are as Children Growing 133
La Dieh 134
July 23, 1973 135
Another Long Walk 136
The Warrior 138
? Que Cante, Quetzal? 139
The Film Library 141
Locus 142
Lament of My Father, Lakota 143
The Text is Flesh 144
Hoop Dancer 146
Some Like Indians Endure 147
Los Angeles, 1980 151
Taku Skanskan 153
Litany 155
Moonshot: 1969 161
The Last Fantasy: San Francisco 163
Coyote's Daylight Trip 165
Six Six Six 166
Approaches 168
Fantasia Revolution 170
Anagram 173
The Orange on Your Head is on Fire 174
A Satisfaction 176
The Awakening 177
The Amorclast 178
You, Like the Taste of Ozone 179
The Dying 180
The Trick is Consciousness 181
Se Por Dios 183
String Beans Being 189
The Sing 192
The Blessing 193
Another Shore 194
Trinity: 50 Years Gone Return 196
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