Wakpa Wanagi Ghost River

Wakpa Wanagi Ghost River

by Trevino L Brings Plenty


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Wakpa Wanagi Ghost River by Trevino L Brings Plenty

Poetry. Native American Studies. "These poems are 'porcupine quills,' beautiful and sharp. They draw blood. They make me laugh and cry. I love this book."—Sherman Alexie, Poet, fiction writer, screenwriter

"Trevino Brings Plenty's poetry 'ignites a sunrise,' bearing witness to Indigenous America's most difficult and invisible realities. Faced with these urgent poems, we are again reminded of our constant fight for survival. Brings Plenty embarks on a telling that will inspire and challenge our notions of how we experience our modern colonial lives."—Sherwin Bitsui, Author of Floodsong

"Reading Trevino Brings Plenty's poems is a head adjustment. As hard as these poems work to defy the stereotype of Native American spirituality, they also act like ceremonies—new ones—the anti-vision quest, spirit guide avoidance, songs to survive shame, good days NOT to die. Trevino Brings Plenty is no sham- shaman, but he is a healer and a true one."—Heid Erdrich, Author of Cell Traffic and National Monuments

"Brings Plenty has come into his own power with this new book of poems. These are the poems of a hardcore rez visionary who is '…map(ping) the spirit world….' Each poem carries a light born of struggle, and like vision, each illumination has its cost…Personal history is utterly tied to the historical DNA of family, a place. Through the journey of these poems, a map emerges. In this map, you will find a way home."—Joy Harjo, Mvskoke poet, musician, performer, professor

"Trevino Brings Plenty has the soul of a poet, no doubt. In fact he might have two of them—the other used to belong to America, until he ripped it out of her still-beating heart and ate it. Like some NDNero Paganini, Brings Plenty's verbiage whirls away the death of the old millennium and feverishly writes in the new. Bring a bottle of something good to drink and watch it all go down. Epirezigenetics and bridges. Grandmas and the double helix. 4D worlds and porcupines. Ghost shirts and cycles endless. Mni wiconi and broken bottles, headless. Iktomi takes the pen and Brings Plenty handles his business."—Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Native American Studies Department, University of Montana

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935218371
Publisher: The Backwaters Press
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Trevino L. Brings Plenty is a poet, musician, and multi-media videoartist who lives, works, and writes in Portland, Oregon. He has read/performed his work at poetry festivals as far away as Amman, Jordan, and close to his home base at Portland's Wordstock Festival. In 2015, Trevino was The C. Hamilton Bailey Fellowship recipient. In college, Trevino worked with Primus St. John and Henry Carlile for poetry work, studied with Tomas Svoboda for music composition, and Jerry Hahn for Jazz guitar. Trevino is an American and Native American; a Lakota Indian born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota, USA. Some of his work explores the American Indian identity in American culture, and how it has, through genealogical history, affected indigenous peoples in the 21st century. He writes of urban Indian life; it's his subject.Other titles by Brings Plenty include REAL INDIAN JUNK JEWELRY (The Backwaters Press, 2012) and Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (Michigan State University Press, 2008), Adrian C. Louis, Ed. Twitter: @larrydrake

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