Synopses & Reviews
This new collection of poems focuses on the later years of Geronimo, the famous Chiricahua Apache war shaman. After Geronimo's family is massacred by Mexicans in 1851, he craves revenge until his 1909 death in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Chiricahuans were held in Fort Sill as prisoners of war until 1913. Even on his death bed, Geronimo prays for more bullets to kill Mexicans. Tomlinson's poetry portrays this tragic life with simple, dignified poems that pay appropriate homage to their remarkable subject. In addition to portraits of Geronimo's everyday activities and the anger in his heart, Tomlinson also illuminates the Chiricahuan Life-Way emphasizing family, humor, spiritual strength, and the ability to meet hardship with dignity.