Red Earth: Poems of New Mexico

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Chicago Modernist Poet Alice Corbin wrote her most accomplished poetry in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she and artist-husband William Penhallow Henderson relocated in 1916 to seek a cure for her tuberculosis. Acclaimed as an editor of Poetry magazine, Corbin left poetry's renaissance town for what she assumed would be a bleak short life in the desert, but like so many artists who came for health reasons she flourished. Red Earth: Poems of New Mexico is a celebration of the wide embrace Corbin enjoyed with New ...
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Chicago Modernist Poet Alice Corbin wrote her most accomplished poetry in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she and artist-husband William Penhallow Henderson relocated in 1916 to seek a cure for her tuberculosis. Acclaimed as an editor of Poetry magazine, Corbin left poetry's renaissance town for what she assumed would be a bleak short life in the desert, but like so many artists who came for health reasons she flourished. Red Earth: Poems of New Mexico is a celebration of the wide embrace Corbin enjoyed with New Mexico's native peoples and customs and landscape as they informed her profound belief in the inextricability of art and life. As literary scholar Lois Rudnick writes in her introduction, "In its capacious understanding of modern poetry, Red Earth was a radical book for its time. The book includes original imagist poems and traditional folk songs; poems written in the style of Indian songs and Hispanic ballads; and rhymed and free verse" reflecting a diversity of voices, forms, and styles. Originally published in 1920 as a significant moment in the history of modern poetry, this new edition is illustrated with masterworks from Santa Fe's Museum of Fine Arts collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890134504
  • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 7/17/2003
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Acknowledgments 11
Introduction 13
Red Earth 39
Los Conquistadores 41
Three Men Entered the Desert Alone 43
A Song form Old Spain 45
In the Desert 49
Indian Songs 55
Sand Paintings 59
Corn-Grinding Song 61
The Green Corn Dance 63
Desert Drift 67
From the Stone Age 77
Candle-Light and Sun 81
The Eagle's Song 85
On the Acequia Madre 87
Pedro Montoya of Arroyo Hondo 89
Una Anciana Mexicana 91
Madre Maria 95
Cundiyo 97
Manzanita 99
Chula la Manana 101
"Christ Is Born in Bethlehem" 103
La Muerte de la Vieja 105
Juan Quintana 107
Petrolino's Complaint 109
El Coyotito 111
Notes on Poems 112
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