Riding the Earthboy 40

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Now with an introduction from celebrated poet James Tate, Riding the Earthboy 40 is the only volume of poetry written by acclaimed Native American novelist James Welch. The title of the book refers to the forty acres of Montana land Welch's father once leased from a Blackfeet family called Earthboy. This land and its surroundings shaped the writer's worldview as a youth, its rawness resonates in the vitality of his elegant poetry, and his verse shows a great awareness of a moment in time, of a place in nature, ...

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Overview

Now with an introduction from celebrated poet James Tate, Riding the Earthboy 40 is the only volume of poetry written by acclaimed Native American novelist James Welch. The title of the book refers to the forty acres of Montana land Welch's father once leased from a Blackfeet family called Earthboy. This land and its surroundings shaped the writer's worldview as a youth, its rawness resonates in the vitality of his elegant poetry, and his verse shows a great awareness of a moment in time, of a place in nature, and of the human being in context. Deeply evoking the specific Native American experience in Montana, Welch's poems nonetheless speak profoundly to all readers. With its new introduction, this vital work that has influenced so many American writers is certain to capture a new generation of readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143034391
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/5/2004
  • Series: Poets, Penguin Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

James Welch is the author of the novels Winter in the Blood, Fools Crow, for which he received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an American Book Award, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, The Indian Lawyer, The Death of Jim Lonely, and most recently, Killing Custer: The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Fate of the Plains Indians. He attended schools on the Blackfeet and Fort Belknap reservations in Montana, and he graduated from the University of Montana, where he studied writing with the late Richard Hugo. Until recently, he served on the Montana State Board of Pardons. He lives in Missoula with his wife, Lois.

James Tate’s honors include a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Poetry and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Table of Contents

Riding the Earthboy 40 Introduction by James Tate

Knives
Magic Fox Verifying the Dead Song for the Season Dreaming Winter Toward Dawn Blue Like Death Crystal Picnic Weather Directions to the Nomad Gesture Down to Guatemala Life Support System The World's only Corn Palace Arizona Highways Night Hawk Trestles by the Blackfoot

The Renegade Wants Words
In My First Hard Spinrtime Christmas Comes to Moccasin Flat In My Lifetime Spring for All Seasons There Are Silent Legends Harlem, Montana: Just Off the Reservation Riding the Earthboy 40
Going to Remake This World Plea to Those Who Matter The Man from Washington Blackfeet, Blood and Peigan Hunters The Last Priest Didn't Even Say Goodbye D-Y Bar The Only Bar in Dixon Thanksgiving at Snake Butte The Renegade Wants Words

Day After Chasing Porcupines
Day After Chasing Porcupines Surviving Snow Country Weavers Visit Dancing Man Birth on Range 18
The Wrath of Lester Lame Bull There is a Right Way Getting Things Straight The Versatile Historian

The Day the Children Took Over
The Day the Children Took Over Call to Arms Two for the Festival You Gone, the King Dead Day to Make Up Incompletes Counting Clouds Grandma's Man Gravely Grandfather at the Rest Home Legends Like This Lady in a Distant Face Never Give a Burn an Even Break

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