by Iliana Rocha

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Karankawa by Iliana Rocha

Winner of the 2014 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry
Selected by Joy Harjo

Karankawa is a collection that explores some of the ways in which we (re)construct our personal histories. Rich in family narratives, myths, and creation stories, these are poems that investigate passage—dying, coming out, transforming, being born—as well as the gaps that also reside in our stories, for, as Rocha suggests, the opportunity to create myths is provided by great silences. Much like the Karankawa Indians whose history works in omissions, Karankawa reconfigures such spaces, engaging with the burden and freedom of memory in order to rework and recontextualize private and public mythologies. First and last, these are poems that honor our griefs and desires, for they keep alive the very things we cannot possess.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822981107
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 09/10/2015
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 1,079,046
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Iliana Rocha is a PhD candidate in English with a creative writing emphasis at Western Michigan University. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University, where she was poetry editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her work was chosen for the Best New Poets 2014 anthology and has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Yalobusha Review, Puerto del Sol, and Third Coast.

Table of Contents

Contents I. La Llorona as Andrea Yates The Impossible You Creation Myth (1981) The Monastery & Farm Have Been Sold Self-Portrait with Headphones On A Study of You, Grief Coming Out Creation Myth Leaving El Campo, TX A Body Becomes Less Departure/Aperture Wharton, TX II. Texas Hurricanes (1980–Present) Elegy Composed of a Thousand Voices in a Bottle After I Lost You Creation Myth (1985) Corpus Christi, before Hurricane Ivan Stiletto Victoria, TX La Beautiful Street Big Bend, TX Coming Out A Study of You, Grief Puberty Parts of a Flower III. Creation Myth (1981) Lilacism Parts of the Alphabet Looking at Women Learning the F Word A Study of You, Love Descriptions of his Tongue Women Go Missing Sonnet for Jinkx Monsoon Wharton, TX Hot Mess Self-Portrait with Headphones On IV. Orgy La Estrella Nothing Sticks (2011)—Excerpts Trying to Anchor You, Father Reconstructing the Burial from a Few Fragments La Beautiful Street Creation Myth Self-Portrait with Headphones On Corpus Christi, after Hurricane Ivan Grief: A Study of You Elma Karankawa I Leave Origin Notes Acknowledgments

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