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Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer: A Story of Survival
by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Allison Adelle HedgeCoke (Goodreads Author)
“A name creates life patterns,” Allison Adelle Hedge Coke writes, “which form and shape a life; my life, like my name, must have been formed many times over then handed to me to realize.” Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer is Hedge Coke’s narrative of that realization, the award-winning poet and writer’s searching account of her life as a mixed-blood woman coming of age off-reserva ...more
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by University of Nebraska Press
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This is an amazing story. I won't lie, there are some horrible things in this book. Not everything will be pleasant. The most amazing this is not only did Hedge Coke survive these horrors, but she preserved her ability to laugh and revel in the beauty of the world. The writing is sometimes poetic, and sometimes plainly bold in setting forth terrible things that happened without flinching or becoming maudlin. Simply put, they happened and she survived. The book is an emotional and beautiful story ...more
Ok guys, this is my first review. Bear with me.
crazy-ass woman lovely lady grows up with her Native American family outside of a reservation. Her mother was a psycho bitch with schizophrenia, and since this was during the dark ages of the mental health field, all she ever received were shock treatments that left her loopier than a kid huffing paint. Gotta love the '50s. Oh, and her sister gives off the air of one of those two-faced bitches who are really only nice to people when
I was swept into this word of Hedge Coke's adolescence, her courage in the face of extraordinary trauma, and the occasional and necessary meditative moments when tending to horses or gardening that provided some respite in the author's life, and for the reader as well. I appreciated the background and context of Huron/Cherokee and indigenous cultures that infused her ethos and spirit: forgiving, generous, naive, hopeful, quietly powerful. I love the voice and writing, and there were passages tha ...more
Never pity, just wonder how one can live this life. The book pulled me from revulsion to tenderness. By the end of the book I wanted to put my arms around Allison, and then I realized she is carried through life by a force and spirits that give her the leash to live.
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke authored books include: The Year of the Rat, (American Book Award) Dog Road Woman and Off-Season City Pipe, poetry; Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, a memoir; and Blood Run, a verse-play that served to lobby for legislation and protection of the Indigenous site. 2014 works: Burn, MadHat Press and Streaming, Coffee House Press. Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections, ...moreMore about Allison Adelle Hedge Coke...