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In poems as beautiful in their telling as they are powerful in their ethos, poet and memoirist Hedge Coke draws upon her background as a tobacco sharecropper, factory worker and fisherwoman, articulating the stark contrast between a tradition of labor that instills pride and builds strong communities with the modern-day reality of backbreaking work that fails to provide sustenance for the land or its people.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, of Huron, Tsa la gi, French Canadian and ...

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Overview

In poems as beautiful in their telling as they are powerful in their ethos, poet and memoirist Hedge Coke draws upon her background as a tobacco sharecropper, factory worker and fisherwoman, articulating the stark contrast between a tradition of labor that instills pride and builds strong communities with the modern-day reality of backbreaking work that fails to provide sustenance for the land or its people.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, of Huron, Tsa la gi, French Canadian and European descent, is the author of the American Book Award-winning debut collection Dog Road Woman and the memoir Rock, Ghost, Willow Deer. She has been instrumental in creating Native American mentorship programs throughout the country and will join the faculty of Northern Michigan University in 2005.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566891714
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 75
  • 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

1 Annular eclipse, 1994 1
2 Resonance in motion 5
The change 10
3 Off-season 17
Sorrel run 19
Breaking horses 21
Red stone panther 25
Putting up beans 27
4 Packin' four corner nabs 31
The dove 36
#4 southwest chief/L.A. Central 38
Baggage 40
Self-immolation 42
Wachovia wilds 44
This he learned by being American 46
5 Sleeping in a hundred-year-gone brothel 49
Street confetti 51
Eternity safeway 52
City pipe 56
Valencia St., Mission District 57
Voucher, voucher 58
Allen Ginsberg comments on Joe Hipp, 1994 61
A white lady speaks 64
6 Wheat 71
Pulp and thick skin 72
Casting vessel 74
7 Waiting for the last lunar eclipse, 2004 79
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