Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. Native American Studies. This revised edition of INDIAN SINGING includes new poems, artwork and a new introduction by Joy Harjo. Gail Tremblay's work sings with the bone-chilling beauty of a siren's song. Like that song, these poems pull on ancient chants as surely as the sea might pull us back to our watery beginnings (Colleen McElroy). We wake; we wake the day, / the light rising in us like sun -- / our breath a prayer brushing / against the feathers in our hands. / We stumble out into streets; / patterns of wires invented by strangers / are strung between eye and sky, / and we dance in two worlds (Indian Singing in 20th Century America). Gail Tremblay is of Onondaga/Micmac and French Canadian ancestry. She has two books of poetry from the University of of Nebraska Press and is widely anthologized. She is also a widely exhibited visual artist. INDIAN SINGING includes many black and white plates of her work. She currently teaches at The Evergreen State College in Lympia Washington.
Tremblay's poetry sings of the myths and rituals of her Native culture, offering hope.