Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer: A Story of Survival / Edition 1

Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer: A Story of Survival / Edition 1

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by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803215274

ISBN-13: 9780803215276

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska

"A name creates life patterns," Allison Adelle Hedge Coke writes, "which form and shape a life; my life, like my name, must have been formed many times over then handed to me to realize." Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer is Hedge Coke's narrative of that realization, the award-winning poet and writer's searching account of her life as a mixed-blood woman coming of age…  See more details below

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"A name creates life patterns," Allison Adelle Hedge Coke writes, "which form and shape a life; my life, like my name, must have been formed many times over then handed to me to realize." Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer is Hedge Coke's narrative of that realization, the award-winning poet and writer's searching account of her life as a mixed-blood woman coming of age off-reservation, yet deeply immersed in her Cherokee and Huron heritage. In a style at once elliptical and achingly clear, Hedge Coke describes her schizophrenic mother and the abuse that often overshadowed her childhood; the torments visited upon her, the rape and physical violence; and those she inflicted on herself, the alcohol and drug abuse. Yet she managed to survive with her dreams and her will, her sense of wonder and promise undiminished.

The title Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer refers to the life-revelations that brought Hedge Coke through her trials, the melding of language and experience that has brought order to her life. In this book, Hedge Coke shares the insights she has gathered along the way, insights that touch on broader Native issues such as modern life in the diaspora; the threat of alcohol, drug abuse, and violence; and the ongoing onslaught on self amid a complex, mixed heritage.



Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is the author of Dog Road Woman: Poems, winner of the American Book Award. She is the coeditor of Voices of Thunder and It's Not Quiet Anymore.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803215276
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
American Indian Lives Series
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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