Synopses & Reviews
"You can take from me what you will but you cannot touch the words of my heart," declares author Robin Coffee in the introduction to A Scar Upon Our Voice.
In this autobiographical poetry collection, Coffee explores the aftershocks of growing up as an American Indian in a country that has marginalized his cultural identity. Coffee relinquishes his alienation, anger, and his desire to heal wounds inflicted through centuries of betrayal by a self-interested government.
Coffee adeptly speaks to the injustices he has known but is quick to find hope and solace in sharing his work: "A simple gesture born out of kindness can stitch hope into a torn heart and turn a dying spirit into a gift to the world. A simple gesture born out of kindness may be the only coin that the lost and lonely soul has left to give to another in need. A Scar Upon Our Voice is my simple gesture."
Mary Burritt Christiansen's (1923-1998) desire to perpetuate poetry as a literary form inspired her to sponsor a series of poetry books through a generous endowment to UNM Press. A Scar Upon Our Voice is the thirteenth title in the Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series, for which V. B. Price serves as series editor.
A heartfelt exploration of growing up as an Indian in modern America.
About the Author
Robin Coffee, born in Lawrence, Kansas, is Cherokee/Creek/Yankton Sioux. He began writing poetry in high school and joined the Tahlequah Indian Writers Group in 1982. Coffee currently lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.