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With all the smart talk of anthropologists you'd think nobody would admit to being one outside a small circle of them. Can anyone escape their start, the journalist, filled with vacuous protocols become a novelist like Hillerman? Can the poet, terse in his packet become a novelist, the travel writer like Lawrence Millman (Last Places) become a poet, the anthropologist like Howard Norman a novelist? Are these tortured fictional characters merely himself? Barry Lopez and Charles Bowden stick to th ...more
The first time it occurred to me that ethnographical work in translation was a fit poetics for American poetry was Howard Norman's beautiful, enigmatic translations from the Swampy Cree. Not clear to me why Jerome Rothenberg is credited above. It is Howard Norman!
Aug 04, 2007 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: folklore enthusiasts
i learned much about the folklore, tradition and humor of the cree people from this book. maybe it's hard to find (my friend derek lent it to me), but it's wonderful and worth tracking down for something a little different than the standard fiction fare.
Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally known American poet, translator and anthologist who is noted for his work in ethnopoetics and poetry performance.More about Jerome Rothenberg...