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Itch Like Crazy
by Wendy Rose
Among Native American writers of mixed-blood heritage, few have expressed their concerns with personal identity with as much passion as Wendy Rose. A mainstay among American Indian poets whose work addresses these issues, she is a writer with whom readers of diverse ethnic backgrounds have consistently identified. In her latest work, Rose returns to these major motifs whil ...more
Paperback, 121 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by University of Arizona Press
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Overall, I enjoyed this collection. Stand alone, many of the poems are quite interesting. Though, I must say that my favorite of the entire collection is the first to appear: "Imagine it like this." There is so much depth to this poem in particular that the other poems left me sort of wanting, for lack of a better way to describe how I felt. I also enjoyed Part Three of the work : Listen Here for the Voices. It is in this part of the work that Rose shares with her readers photographs and a brief ...more
I need to start with a clarification that I know very little about contemporary poetry, so I read a book like this as a lay person, not as a literary scholar. I was pleased with the accessibility of it, that it was not a collection of abstract poems about nothing more than personal feelings. The personal feelings are there, to be sure (most specifically in Rose's sense of a torn identity being both Native and European American while feeling rage at the historical injustices that resulted when Eu ...more