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Walking with Ghosts: Poems

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Written from a contemporary Cherokee, Queer and mixed-race experience, these poems confront a legacy of land-theft, genocide, and forced removal, and resist ongoing attacks on both Indigenous and Gay/ Lesbian/ Bisexual /Transgender communities. Tender, startling, confrontational and erotic, this book honors the dead and brings the survivors back home.
Paperback, 108 pages
Published May 15th 2005 by Salt Publishing
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This is a book of strong poems, it brings the reader through many emotions: anger, love, fear, sadness. He uses his words to educate, mourn, heal and take back power. He gives us his native language and traditions.

My favorite poem is his long one written after Reagan's death, "Eulogy for the 40th," he reminds us there are many in America who, "We don't care if Ronnie was a gentleman or looked good in/cowboy boots. Please, don't talk about the smile flashing/in his eyes.//Murdered nuns flashed in
Sep 26, 2008 Jay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: queer people, anti-oppression communities
Vivid imagery intertwined with
experiences both unique and shared.

I read through on a long bus ride, but anticipate many more years of listening and learning.
I really appreciated this book for the fierce history & survival stories. Think that many of these pieces would be amazing performed live!
Beautiful and Powerful Poetry
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Qwo-Li Driskill is a Cherokee Two-Spirit/Queer writer, scholar, educator, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. Hir artistic and scholarly work appears in numerous publications, and s/he performs and facilitates workshops at events across Turtle Island. Qwo-Li holds a PhD in Rhetoric & Writing from Michigan State University, and is currently an assis ...more
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