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Northern Latitudes: Prose Poems
     

Northern Latitudes: Prose Poems

by Lawrence Millman
 

The first collection of poetry by noted travel writer Lawrence Millman.

"Tent Dwellers—Okak, Labrador"

Inside this licheny ring of stones that once held down a sealskin tent, I pitch my own domed aquamarine tent and then quickly crawl inside to escape an ice pellet shower, whereupon I see a couple of my predecessors squatting dim and hazy, Dorset

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The first collection of poetry by noted travel writer Lawrence Millman.

"Tent Dwellers—Okak, Labrador"

Inside this licheny ring of stones that once held down a sealskin tent, I pitch my own domed aquamarine tent and then quickly crawl inside to escape an ice pellet shower, whereupon I see a couple of my predecessors squatting dim and hazy, Dorset People with cuprous, epicanthic faces, scrapers of skin, tellers of tales, diviners of the weather, who stare at this pallid specimen from a distant age in his nylon-lined apparel, astonished that he somehow survived and they did not.

Lawrence Millman is the author of eight other books (most recently An Evening among Headhunters) and hundreds of essays, short stories, and poems published in hundreds of magazines, as well as the editor of several anthologies.

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Northern Latitudes showcases the prose poetry of travel writer Lawrence Millman who writings evoke the people and landscapes of the far northern climes of Canada, Greenland, Labrador, Iceland, and the northern reaches of the British Isles. The Last Angakok (Angmagssalik, Greenland, 1984): Bedridden he is, this bundle of age, who once could fly merely by flexing his index fingers. Songless he is, this man of songs, who once could chant away avalanches and piterag winds with the great guttural of his voice. And full of sickness he is, this healer, who once could cure everything from rheumatism to possession by unfriendly spirits. Now there's no one left to cure him, and so his sleeping skins mark the compass points of his universe. Yet his eye, slitted half moons, remain bright: they still inhabit a numinous realm. Flying is easy, they say it's the not flying that's hard.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898232073
Publisher:
White Pine Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
MVP Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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