Snake in Her Mouth: Poems 1974-1996

Snake in Her Mouth: Poems 1974-1996

by Nila Northsun



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Snake in Her Mouth: Poems 1974-1996 by Nila Northsun

Nila northSun was born of Chippewa-Shoshone descent in Schurz, Nevada, in 1951. A graduate of the University of Montana, she lives on the Stillwater Indian Reservation in Fallon, Nevada, where she is director of a teen crisis center. Part of the Native American literary renaissance of the 1970s, she served as coeditor of Scree magazine; published two books of poetry, Diet Pepsi and Nacho Cheese (1977) and Small Bones, Little Eyes (1981); and coauthored a tribal history for the Paiute-Shoshone tribe. Her poems have been anthologized in New Worlds of Literature (Norton) and Reinventing the Enemy's Language (Arizona) as well as several European collections.

After attending the Returning the Gift Native Writers Festival in 1992, she started writing and submitting her work again. This collection, including poems from her early chapbooks as well as later writing, was first announced in 1994. The title poem, she says, is "not only sexually suggestive, but alludes to the idea of a forked tongue liar or a gossip from which many of the other pieces derive."

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ISBN-13: 9780931122873
Publisher: West End Press
Publication date: 08/01/1997
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Nila northSun [sic] is a Native American poet and tribal historian, one of the best-known figures in the Native American Renaissance. Her gritty, realistic poems about life both on and off the reservation have made her one of the most widely read of all Native American poets.

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