by Joan Naviyuk Kane


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Hyperboreal by Joan Naviyuk Kane

Winner of the 2012 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry
Selected by Arthur Sze

Hyperboreal originates from diasporas. It attempts to make sense of change and to prepare for cultural, climate, and political turns that are sure to continue. The poems originate from the hope that our lives may be enriched by the expression of and reflection on the cultural strengths inherent to indigenous culture. It concerns King Island, the ancestral home of the author's family until the federal government's Bureau of Indian Affairs forcibly and permanently relocated its residents. The poems work towards the assembly of an identity, both collective and singular, that is capable of looking forward from the recollection and impact of an entire community's relocation to distant and arbitrary urban centers. Through language, Hyperboreal grants forum to issues of displacement, lack of access to traditional lands and resources and loss of family that King Island people—and all Inuit—are contending with.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822962625
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 10/21/2013
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 413,806
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. Her recent honors include the 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellowship, a Creative Vision Award from United States Artists, and a Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship. Kane is on the faculty of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and received the 2014 Indigenous Writer in Residence fellowship at the School for Advanced Research. She also received the Whiting Writers’ Award for her first poetry collection, The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife.

Table of Contents


Hyperboreal 3

At Anaktuvuk Pass 4

In a House Apart 5

Akkumin Qanituq/Swift Descent 6

Disappearer 7

Fugato (1) 9

Mysteries of Light 10


Love Poem 13

Gorge 15

Mugnaturjilana/I am not tired 16

Intervale 17

Drawn Together 18

The Dissolve of Voices 19

Fugato (2) 21

Etch 22

The Fire 23


Ivory, Stomach, Bone 27

Mother Tongues 28

Force Majeur 29

On Either Side 30

For the Man with Sealfinger 32

Time and Time Again 33

Craft 35

In Long Light 36

Looking Through 37

Games of Strength 40

Field Notes 41

Fugato (3) 42

Procession 43

Maliktuk 46


Composition with Transformed Birds 51

The Orphan Girl 52

Fugato (4) 53

Rare Earth 54

Nunaqatigiit 55

Fugato (5) 57

Rete Mirabile 58

Innate 61

Ilu 62

Ugiuvak/King Island 63

Acknowledgments 65

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