Snake in Her Mouth: Poems 1974-1996

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Nila northSun was born of Chippewa-Shoshone descent in Schurz, Nevada, in 1951. A graduate of the University of Montana, she lives on the Stillwater Indian Reservation in Fallon, Nevada, where she is director of a teen crisis center. Part of the Native American literary renaissance of the 1970s, she served as coeditor of Scree magazine; published two books of poetry, Diet Pepsi and Nacho Cheese (1977) and Small Bones, Little Eyes (1981); and coauthored a tribal history for the Paiute-Shoshone tribe. Her poems ...

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Nila northSun was born of Chippewa-Shoshone descent in Schurz, Nevada, in 1951. A graduate of the University of Montana, she lives on the Stillwater Indian Reservation in Fallon, Nevada, where she is director of a teen crisis center. Part of the Native American literary renaissance of the 1970s, she served as coeditor of Scree magazine; published two books of poetry, Diet Pepsi and Nacho Cheese (1977) and Small Bones, Little Eyes (1981); and coauthored a tribal history for the Paiute-Shoshone tribe. Her poems have been anthologized in New Worlds of Literature (Norton) and Reinventing the Enemy's Language (Arizona) as well as several European collections.

After attending the Returning the Gift Native Writers Festival in 1992, she started writing and submitting her work again. This collection, including poems from her early chapbooks as well as later writing, was first announced in 1994. The title poem, she says, is "not only sexually suggestive, but alludes to the idea of a forked tongue liar or a gossip from which many of the other pieces derive."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780931122873
  • Publisher: West End Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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Nila northSun [sic] is a Native American poet and tribal historian, one of the best-known figures in the Native American Renaissance. Her gritty, realistic poems about life both on and off the reservation have made her one of the most widely read of all Native American poets.

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Table of Contents

how i almost got killed 3
vacation sights 4
falling down to bed 5
the 1st one i ever saw dead 6
black dog 7
they just fade away 8
stories from the res 9
suzie 10
barrel-racer cowboy-chaser 11
something about cows 12
hunter 13
euell gibbons eating a corn dog 14
winter when horses ate ashes 15
moving camp too far 16
dream 17
be careful 18
her boy 19
bugs 20
how my cousin was killed 25
shadow knew nothing was my cousin 26
the life of an indian 27
future generations 28
indian dancer 30
sister-in-law 31
tamales 32
milk filled tits 33
kids 35
alarm 37
babe 38
babe the protector 39
little red riding hood 40
in memoriam 41
what happened to grandpa 43
haunted egg 44
what gramma said after 45
the way & the way things are 46
up & out 49
coming attraction 51
1st round 53
canada rendezvous 54
hunks of my life 55
drag on 56
ancient yearnings 57
before & after 58
mexican rendezvous 59
posing 60
airport close encounters 61
it's the little shit 62
silos & sieves 63
trying to get his attention 64
written dec. 25, 1984 remembering back 11 years before 65
after leaving 66
not alone 67
life on the rez 71
the keeper of the fire 74
swear preparation checklist 75
why do they call cars she? 76
overtime 77
the social worker 78
screaming 79
what the anthros don't hear 80
diet pepsi & nacho cheese 82
cooking class 83
truck stop ron-day-voo 85
last nickel at the fantasy rendezvous casino 86
hearts 87
frickin pissed 88
lost in the woods 89
99 things to do before you die 90
i was thinking about death again 92
a snake in her mouth 93
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