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Passionate, vital poetry by acclaimed Native American writer and activist Chrystos addresses self-esteem and survival, the loving of women, and pride in her heritage.
Paperback, 120 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Press Gang Publishers (first published September 1st 1988)
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Hannah
Jul 14, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing
essentially the english language fails me sometimes when i want to capture the depth of importance of experience, and i can't find words for what i want to say here about gratitude and reverence. this collection is full of love and strength and rage that all are incredibly deep and powerful. her form is unique and impactful & the pairings of poems on facing pages embellishes impact. models of family, love, ancestry, and lineage that are decolonized and beautiful are everywhere. i read work l ...more
Rekha
Jul 02, 2008 Rekha rated it really liked it
Another good collection of poetry by this Seattle poet. Her strongest poems are either deeply political and angry, or beautifully erotic and gentle. Whether it's grrr or hubba hubba, I like both sides.
Caleb Tankersley
Feb 25, 2015 Caleb Tankersley rated it really liked it
Visceral lines that often read like stories. Very accessible for those who are less inclined to poetry. That's not to say it's simple or easy to understand. Only that A number of prose poems anchor the collection. Wonderful and surprising in the best way.
Steve
Nov 02, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing
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The vast and expansive imagery that Chrystos uses never ceased to amaze me, as she reminded me what people have gone through, continue to go through, and possibly will continue to go through, for being poor, homosexual, black, indian, a woman, or any number of other pointless "adversities". Persecution and raw emotion ring true in poem after poem. Not to say that every poem in this book is political or downbeat. There were a number of poems about love and the joys of being in love, but in genera ...more
Beatrice Toner
Apr 24, 2016 Beatrice Toner rated it it was amazing
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Chrystos' poetry never ceases to amazing, awe and inspire.
Nomy
Sep 25, 2007 Nomy rated it it was amazing
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this is some of my favorite poetry, so raw and smart and real... i love chrystos, her work, her perspective, and the fact that she exists... i used to read this shit and cry and wish i could express myself so clearly...
Leah Horlick
Mar 18, 2013 Leah Horlick rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, poetry, canadian
I'm fairly certain every queer in Vancouver needs to read this. Especially white queers.
Jessie
Jul 05, 2009 Jessie rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and unforgettable.
Lyds
Jun 25, 2008 Lyds rated it it was amazing
Chrystos' earliest and best.
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Menominee poet Chrystos is a warrior, writer, and arrow in the throat of colonization. Publishing five volumes of poetry, Chrystos is an important voice in the world of literature showing that Native Peoples and Peoples of colour can write, they write well, and they can’t stop from being read and heard.

Chyrstos’ poetry is described by Gloria Anzaldua as, “Her words slide into our throats, feed the
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