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"Fourteen ninety-something, / something happened / and no one can pick it out of the lineup . . . " In words drawn from urban and Navajo perspectives, Sherwin Bitsui articulates the challenge a Native American person faces in reconciling his or her inherited history of lore and spirit with the coldness of postmodern civilization. Shapeshift is a collection of startling new poetry that explores the tensions between the worlds of nature and man. Through brief, imagistic poems interspersed with evocative longer narratives, it offers powerful perceptions of American culture and politics and their lack of spiritual grounding. Linking story, history, and voice, Shapeshift is laced with interweaving images—the gravitational pull of a fishbowl, the scent of burning hair, the trickle of motor oil from a harpooned log—that speak to the rich diversity of contemporary Diné writing. "Tonight, I draw a raven's wing inside a circle

measured a half second

before it expands into a hand.

I wrap its worn grip over our feet

As we thrash against pine needles inside the earthen pot." With complexities of tone that shift between disconnectedness and wholeness, irony and sincerity, Bitsui demonstrates a balance of excitement and intellect rarely found in a debut volume. As deft as it is daring, Shapeshift teases the mind and stirs the imagination.

Synopsis:

A powerful poetic debut speaks to the lack of spiritual grounding in American culture and politics.

About the Author

Sherwin Bitsui is the recipient of the 2000-2001 Individual Poet Grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry and the 1999 Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship. His poems have appeared in American Poet, The Iowa Review, Frank, Red Ink, and elsewhere.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816523429
Author:
Bitsui, Sherwin
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Location:
Tucson
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Navajo Indians
Subject:
American - Native American
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Sun Tracks: An American Indian Literary
Series Volume:
107-273v. 52
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8 x 6.13 in

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