Poetry. "Although Grandmother never uses the first-person pronoun, the voice in these poems is hers. Hence the title. None of the poems here retells any existing Native story; Native peoples tell their own stories. Some such stories are, though, alluded to" --J.D. Whitney, from the Preface. "Who's this 'Grandmother' Whitney is channeling, anyway? Seems like the playful spirit, life, energy of the organic world itself, an embodiment of multi-formed always-changing life; that lives whatever comes, with all the hard-won lessons and teachings" - Gary Snyder.
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Each of the 84 poems begins with the word 'Grandmother' in bold type on the top line as if the title this is followed by verbs such as lets, trots, gives, sits, hears, teaches, sings, knows which set the tone for the respective poem. Then in a tone sometimes cranky, sometimes mischievous, sometimes empathetic, sometimes humbled--but never arrogant, supercilious, or preachy--the character Grandmother spins out an observation or remarks containing her wisdom gained from decades of involvement in relationships of all kinds and nearby nature. With Grandmother's unpredictable, idiosyncratic, yet unfailingly discerning appearances in the varied situations, she is like the trickster figure of Native American folk lore. She is pictured on the cover dressed something like a old Eskimo woman with hands on hips yelling out something. Whitney, with previously published books of poetry, lives in Wisconsin and teaches writing in Wisconsin colleges.