Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Q&A | August 19, 2014

Richard Kadrey: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Richard Kadrey



Describe your latest book. The Getaway God is the sixth book in the Sandman Slim series. In it, the very unholy nephilim, James Stark, aka Sandman... Continue »
  1. $17.49 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$15.95
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
7 Local Warehouse General- General

Doubters and Dreamers (Sun Tracks: An American Indian Literary)

by

Doubters and Dreamers (Sun Tracks: An American Indian Literary) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Doubters and Dreamers opens with a question from a young girl faced with the spectacle of Indian effigies lynched and burned “in jest” before UC Berkeleys annual Big Game against Stanford: “Whats a debacle, Mom?” This innocent but telling question marks the girls entrée into the complicated knowledge of her heritage as a mixed-blood Native American of Koyangkauwi (Concow) Maidu descent. The girl is a young Janice Gould, and the poems and narrations that follow constitute a remarkable work of sustained and courageous self-revelation, retracing the precarious emotional terrain of an adolescence shaped by a mothers tough love and a growing consciousness of an ancestral and familial past.

In the first half of the book, “Tribal History,” Gould ingeniously repurposes the sonnet form to preserve the stories of her mother and aunt, who grew up when “muleback was the customary mode / of transport” and the “spirit world was present”—stories of “old ways” and places claimed in memory but lost in time. Elsewhere, she remembers her mothers “ferocious, upright anger” and her unexpected tenderness (“Like a miracle, I was still her child”), culminating in the profound expression of loss that is the poem “Our Mothers Death.”

In the second half of the book, “It Was Raining,” Gould tells of the years of lonely self-making and “unfulfilled dreams” as she comes to terms with what she has been told are her “crazy longings” as a lesbian: “Its been hammered into me / that Ill be spurned / by a ‘real woman, / the only kind I like.” The writing here commemorates old loves and relationships in language that mingles hope and despair, doubt and devotion, veering at times into dreamlike moments of consciousness. One poem and vignette at a time, Doubters and Dreamers explores what it means to be a mixed-blood Native American who grew up urban, lesbian, and middle class in the West.

About the Author

Janice Gould is an assistant professor of womens and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She has published two previous collections of poetry, Earthquake Weather, also published by the University of Arizona Press, and Beneath My Heart. She is also co-editor of Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816529278
Author:
Gould, Janice
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Sun Tracks
Series Volume:
67
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Other books you might like

  1. The Book of Men: Poems New Hardcover $24.95
  2. The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom... Used Trade Paper $7.95
  3. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle... Used Trade Paper $6.50

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » Humanities
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » Native American
History and Social Science » Native American » Literature

Doubters and Dreamers (Sun Tracks: An American Indian Literary) New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$15.95 In Stock
Product details 96 pages University of Arizona Press - English 9780816529278 Reviews:
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.