Northern Latitudes: Prose Poems

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The first collection of poetry by noted travel writer Lawrence Millman.

"Tent Dwellers—Okak, Labrador"

Inside this licheny ring of stones that once held down a sealskin tent, I pitch my own domed aquamarine tent and then quickly crawl inside to escape an ice pellet shower, whereupon I see a couple of my predecessors squatting dim and hazy, Dorset People with cuprous, epicanthic faces, scrapers of skin, tellers of tales, diviners of the weather, who stare at this pallid specimen...

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The first collection of poetry by noted travel writer Lawrence Millman.

"Tent Dwellers—Okak, Labrador"

Inside this licheny ring of stones that once held down a sealskin tent, I pitch my own domed aquamarine tent and then quickly crawl inside to escape an ice pellet shower, whereupon I see a couple of my predecessors squatting dim and hazy, Dorset People with cuprous, epicanthic faces, scrapers of skin, tellers of tales, diviners of the weather, who stare at this pallid specimen from a distant age in his nylon-lined apparel, astonished that he somehow survived and they did not.

Lawrence Millman is the author of eight other books (most recently An Evening among Headhunters) and hundreds of essays, short stories, and poems published in hundreds of magazines, as well as the editor of several anthologies.

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Northern Latitudes showcases the prose poetry of travel writer Lawrence Millman who writings evoke the people and landscapes of the far northern climes of Canada, Greenland, Labrador, Iceland, and the northern reaches of the British Isles. The Last Angakok (Angmagssalik, Greenland, 1984): Bedridden he is, this bundle of age, who once could fly merely by flexing his index fingers. Songless he is, this man of songs, who once could chant away avalanches and piterag winds with the great guttural of his voice. And full of sickness he is, this healer, who once could cure everything from rheumatism to possession by unfriendly spirits. Now there's no one left to cure him, and so his sleeping skins mark the compass points of his universe. Yet his eye, slitted half moons, remain bright: they still inhabit a numinous realm. Flying is easy, they say it's the not flying that's hard.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898232073
  • Publisher: White Pine Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: MVP Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Text Dwellers
Bush Flight 3
Herschel Island Drift Logs 4
Herschel Island Church 5
Herschel Island: Inuit Graveyard 6
Faeroe Islands Courtship 7
Tent Dwellers 8
Cree Elder, Drunk 9
Tundra 10
Woman on the Ice 12
Spoken Cree: A Primer 14
Greenlandic Guesthouse 15
Storyteller 16
Marble Island 17
Raven Wife 18
Iglulik Notes 19
East Greenland Notes 20
Grimsey 22
A Little Night Music 23
Winter Night 24
Heimaey 25
Storm 27
II. Aurora Borealis
Arctic Mushrooms 31
Parliament of Ravens 32
Snail 33
Glacial Erratic 34
Moon/Snail/Sonata 35
Fish 36
Hoy Windsong 37
Periwinkle Piece 38
Eider Duck 39
Musk Ox 40
Shells 41
Sea Cucumbers 42
Limpet 43
Sea Urchin Variations 44
Aurora Borealis 45
The Origin of Fish 46
Lichen 47
III. In the Westfjords of Iceland
Mammoth 51
Sea Change 52
Tinker 54
St. Kilda Amen 55
St. Kilda Mailboat 57
St. Kilda Leavetaking 58
Dream 59
The Standing Stones of Callanish 60
Ice Man: A History 61
Child 62
Barra Crofter: Epitaph 63
Ronay of the Sorrows 64
A Prayer to Sean O Crochan (1898-1975), Killed by a Lorry 66
Blasketman 67
The Last Angakok 68
Beothucks 69
In the Westfjords of Iceland 70
Acknowledgments 71
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