The Fictioning Horror Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing



On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
  1. $17.47 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The High Divide

    Lin Enger 9781616203757

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$3.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Poetry- A to Z

More copies of this ISBN

This title in other editions

Sun Tracks #33: Earthquake Weather: Poems

by

Sun Tracks #33: Earthquake Weather: Poems Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Its unmistakable, that strangely calm air and sky that signals big change ahead: earthquake weather. These are familiar signs to Janice Gould, a poet, a lesbian, and a mixed-blood California Indian of Koyangkauwi Maidu descent. Her sense of isolation is intense, her search for identity is relentless, and her words can take ones breath away. Sometimes accepting, sometimes full of anger, Goulds work is rare, filtered through the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of a lesbian of Indian heritage. Over and over again, she speaks as an outsider looking in at the lives of others--through a doorway, out of a car window, or from the shambles of a broken relationship. Showing a steady courage in the midst of this alienation, her words are also stark testimony to the struggle of an individual caught in social and emotional contexts defined by others. In Earthquake Weather, as in an evolving friendship, Gould opens herself to the reader in stages. "I did not know how lonely I was / till we began to talk," she writes in an opening section, setting the introspective tone of whats to come. She begins with a focus on those universal truths that both bind us and isolate us from each other: the pain of loss, the finality of death, our longing to see beneath the surface of things. Next, the poet turns to her growing-up years during the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. She describes a family in turmoil and an Indian heritage that, oddly, was one of the factors that made her feel most disconnected from other people. And she writes poignantly about her increasing alienation from prescribed sexual roles. "Whats wrong with me? / Where do I belong? Why / am I here? Why cant I / hold on?" Finally, as in a trusting friendship, Gould offers the reader vivid word portraits of relationships in her life--women she has loved and who have loved her. Erotic and deeply personal, these poems serve as both a reconciliation and affirmation of her individuality. "Yet would you deny / that between women desire exists / that in our friendship a delicate / and erotic strand of fire unites us?" The poems in this book, says critic Toby Langen, are most powerful for their "courageous drawing on experience and feelings." They will speak to many general readers as well as anyone interested in questions of gender and identity, including students of literature, lesbian/womens studies, social/cultural studies, or American Indian studies.

Book News Annotation:

Studies the roles and lives of different classes of women in medieval England. After a background chapter on women before 1100, coverage includes women in the countryside, women in urban communities, women of the landholding class, and women and religion, with details in areas such as education, crime, prostitution, marriage, and work. Distributed by St. Martin's Press.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

It's unmistakable, that strangely calm air and sky that signals big change ahead: earthquake weather. These are familiar signs to Janice Gould, a poet, a lesbian, and a mixed blood California Indian of Koyangk'auwi Maidu descent. Her sense of isolation is intense, her search for identity is relentless, and her words can take one's breath away. Sometimes reflecting acceptance, sometimes full of anger, Gould filters her work through the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of a lesbian of Indian heritage. Over and over again, she speaks as an outsider looking in at the lives of others - through a doorway, out of a car window, or from the shambles of a broken relationship. Showing a steady courage in the midst of this alienation, her words are also stark testimony to the struggle of an individual caught in social and emotional contexts defined by others.

About the Author

The poems of Janice Gould have appeared in journals and anthologies and were published in a collection Beneath My Heart in 1990. She was recently awarded a Ford Fellowship for her work on American Indian women's poetry. Now living in Albuquerque, Gould has taught at the College of Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Mornings are like this — Ants — Sunday mornings — Blood sisters — What happened to my anger — Evening news — Friday evening — Outside language — The day of the dead — This energy in which we exist — Questions about the soul — Alphabet — Nightfall — Saturday morning — Trying to hold on — The sixties — Thursdays — Berkeley life — Easter sunday — My father — Our house — A journey — Mama's girl — Burdens of the heart — Companion — When I lived by the river — Snow — I learn a lesson about our society — Amorcita — Earthquake weather — Your least good lover — On Point Reyes — A flirtation — Late summer in the Sierra — Days without you.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816516308
Author:
Gould, Janice
Author:
Gould
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Location:
Tucson :
Subject:
American
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Indians
Subject:
Indians -- Mixed descent -- Poetry.
Subject:
Indians of North America -- California.
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Sun Tracks: An American Indian Literary
Series Volume:
79v. 33
Publication Date:
19960431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
87
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Other books you might like

  1. The Zen of La Llorona Used Trade Paper $15.00
  2. To Disembark New Trade Paper $8.00
  3. Walking with Ghosts Used Trade Paper $15.00
  4. Blacks New Trade Paper $19.95
  5. The Shadow's Horse New Trade Paper $15.25
  6. Off-Season City Pipe New Trade Paper $15.25

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

Sun Tracks #33: Earthquake Weather: Poems Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$3.50 In Stock
Product details 87 pages University of Arizona Press - English 9780816516308 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , It's unmistakable, that strangely calm air and sky that signals big change ahead: earthquake weather. These are familiar signs to Janice Gould, a poet, a lesbian, and a mixed blood California Indian of Koyangk'auwi Maidu descent. Her sense of isolation is intense, her search for identity is relentless, and her words can take one's breath away. Sometimes reflecting acceptance, sometimes full of anger, Gould filters her work through the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of a lesbian of Indian heritage. Over and over again, she speaks as an outsider looking in at the lives of others - through a doorway, out of a car window, or from the shambles of a broken relationship. Showing a steady courage in the midst of this alienation, her words are also stark testimony to the struggle of an individual caught in social and emotional contexts defined by others.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.