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Ceremonies Of The Damned: Poems

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
The world of acclaimed Native American poet Adrian Louis is harsh and full of pain—the blizzard-blasted plains and dusty towns of the northern Midwest, the hopeless barrenness of the Reservation, and a bleak interior world of loss, illness, and despair. Louis’s poems bring us to a place where ghosts hitchhike and the traditional pow-wow becomes an affirmation of bitter sur ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by University of Nevada Press
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Patrice
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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I had the opportunity to meet Adrian C. Louis when he came to Juneau in 2003 for a lecture series at our local university. I feel better for having heard him read his work.

This is a gorgeous and complicated collection of poems. Many are written in a long-winded prose style, and not unlike short stories. Louis writes about the complexity and banality of life in middle age. The heart break of learning to live with a partner with alzheimer's disease. Some of his poems read like an elegy for alcoho
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Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books of poetry yet! My teacher gave this book to me and I read it in one night. It's absolutely intriguing. It's filled with deep meanings and emotional trauma from the past and present on Native American Indian reservations.
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loni anderson. yay!
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one of the best books of poems i've read in a long, long time. wow.
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Adrian C. Louis is a Lovelock Paiute author from Nevada now living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He has taught at Oglala Lakota College. His novel Skins (1995) discusses reservation life and issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and social problems and was the basis for the 2002 film, Skins. He has also published books of poetry and a collection of short stories, Wild Indians and Ot ...more
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