Palominos Near Tuba City: New and Selected Poems

Palominos Near Tuba City: New and Selected Poems

by Denise Sweet


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Palominos Near Tuba City is a selection of new and previously published poems from a long and distinguished career. These forty poems take us on a rich and fascinating journey, transporting us through history on memory's voices, singing a new vision of the familiar. Though her subjects vary from a visit to the mission at White Earth to parking a car, Sweet brings freshness to each. The poems leave markers where they have touched us, places we will return to to remember the startling beauty of a phrase, the quiet wisdom of a story, the good humor of our poet companion. She carries us to the brink of discovery; her words push us over.

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ISBN-13: 9780998601045
Publisher: Holy Cow! Press
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Denise Sweet is faculty emerita, having taught Humanistic Studies, Creative Writing, and First Nations Studies for the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. She has performed in theater and film productions (both a full-length feature and various documentaries), and has given over 100 readings in North and Central America, Canada and Europe. Her books of poetry include Know By Heart (Rhiannon Press), Songs for Discharming (Greenfield Press, 1997), Days of Obsidian, Days of Grace (Poetry Harbor), and Nitaawichige (Poetry Harbor; the latter a four-author collection). In 1998, Songs for Discharming won both the Wisconsin Posner Award for Poetry, and the Diane Deborah Award, given by the North American Indigenous Writers Circle of the Americas. She is Anishinabe (White Earth).

Other distinctions: her poem, “Veteran’s Dance: After Oklahoma City” took second place in Sante Fe Indian Market’s 1st annual Poetry Competition. In 2006, the International Crane Foundation commissioned Sweet to author a poem for the organization, eventually titled, “All The Animals Came Singing.” Additionally, her poem, “Constellations” is part of a permanent etched installation at the Midwest Express Center in Milwaukee, WI. In 1998, Sweet was one of five North American tribal writers sponsored by the U.S. Embassy to attend the 1st Annual World Congress on Indigenous Literature of the Americas held in Guatemala City, Guatemala. In 2004, Governor James Doyle appointed Sweet as Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate (4-year term); the second laureate for the state.

Her works of poetry and fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals such as Cream City Review, Calyx, Akwekon, Sinister Wisdom, Yellow Medicine Review, Yakhiko la’tuse? (“She Tells Us Stories”), Another Chicago Magazine, Recreating The Enemy’s Language (ed. Joy Harjo), Plainswoman, Returning The Gift (ed. Joseph Bruchac), Brave In The Face of Danger (ed. Beth Brant), Traces In Blood, Bone and Stone: Ojibwa Poetry, Stories Migrating Home (ed. Kimberley Blaeser) and others.

Table of Contents

I. Mapping the Land

Mapping the Land
Composition Class on Adams Street
Suddenly In Alabama (for J.J.)
At the Women’s Studies Conference (for Bea Medicine)
My Mother and I Had a Discussion One Day
Indian War
7 year-old, Taken Away in Handcuffs: A Found Poem
The Lost Maya

II. The Strangers

Injun Joe Remembers
“My One and Only:” Two-Step Blues
Wenebozho in Cream City
2 am Memory
House of Diamonds, House of Ice
She Meant Every Word
Alarming Light
The Woman Who Fell from the Sky (for Steven, April 19, 2017)
Farmer Takes a Wife
Zen and Woman’s Way of Parking
Sensible Shoes

III. Rough Rock

Palominos Near Tuba City
Red Dogs in the Heat
Untitled (for Tony Mirabal, Taos Pueblo)
Rough Rock I
Rough Rock II (Spider Woman Rock, Canyon de Chelly)
Foreign Exchange: Who We Are, What Is Ours
Art Criticism: A Found Poem at Sedona, AZ

IIV. Homing In

Lake Superior Haiku
Chill Factor: Earth Day 2017
The People of the Sea: At Red Banks (for the Hoocak Nation)
Sky Opens: Never’s Dam, St. Croix River, July 2003
Stand for Something (for the Water Protectors, September 2016)
Where there is Wind: Drum Dance
We Learn to Use our Hands
The Religion of Stones
Living within Song
Untitled (For the Salt Runners of Tibet)
All the Animals Came Singing

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