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Dark. Sweet.: New & Selected Poems

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Dark. Sweet. offers readers the sweep of LindaHogan's work—environmental and spiritual concerns, her Chickasaw heritage—in spare, elemental, visionary language.

From "Those Who Thunder":

Those who thunder
have dark hair
and red throw rugs.
They burn paper in bathroom sinks.
Their voices refuse to suffer
and their silences know the way
straight to the heart;
it's bus route

Kindle Edition, 442 pages
Published June 16th 2014 by Coffee House Press
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Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda Hogan speaks in poetic images that are impossible for your heart and soul to deny. She puts into language that which runs in our DNA as evolutionary expressions of Earth's dreaming. Clear, powerful, emotional longings, grievings, celebrations, and questions that pierce the human search for a meaningful life.

This collection covers the breadth of her deep listening up to her current poems.

I can't stop reading it and every poem moves me like the ocean moves Life.
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Linda Hogan's Dark.Sweet.: New and Selected Poems reminds me of the forest I walk in every evening. I walk to listen; I walk to feel; I walk to see what's new since the day before and what has remained the same. These are much the same reasons I pick up this anthology from next to my rocking chair and browse through it. Hogan has a connection to the world around her, as well as the worlds within, that shines through in every poem, and this is what speaks to me like the forest. Her words make me ...more
James Grinwis
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very beautiful book offering some of Hogan's best. She is an ace though dare I say it her 2nd book selections weren't there for me. The rest, however, powerful and endurance tested.
William Beauvais
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
loved it!
Pamela Scott

I enjoyed every poem in this collection. I found the poems very absorbing. Hogan’s poems are rich, intense, vivid, deep and painfully vivid at times. I liked the fact that this collection contains some of her earlier and later poems; you can see how she develops over time and how some themes are returned to again and again. I particularly enjoyed Turtle, Disappearances, Eclipse II, The Lost Girls and Fat.
cheyenne raine
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a complex tapestry of poems

hogan’s work is complex and full of metaphors, nature, politics, language, emotions and human soul. this is a must read when you need to lose yourself in something deeper. it’s not an easy or simple read, you have to be present and attentive- but, it’s so worth it!
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the poems feel so right. I think that her poetry gets stronger, moving toward The Book of Medicines. However, some I wish were tighter. And sometimes, frankly, I was simply lost. Not bad, though. Not bad.
I am marking this as finished, although I am not certain that’s true—I read this on the principle of surprise, letting them jump out at me, and that might continue to happen. But I think I got most of them.

I have read Linda Hogan’s novels, which are solid but not striking. But this. This is something else. Every poem is a favorite moment: reading “Awake” by the side of a mountain lake, crying over “Partings” on an early Saturday, watching the sun rise to “First Light,” peace at midnight in “The
Ryan Mishap
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology
Waht I know about poetry is about as long as this sentence. That said, I enjoyed a lot of this collection, especially the way the selections from earlier books showed how some themes repeated and evolved over time. The newest poems are not only beautiful, but pointed, political, and compassionate.

I much prefer the long form of the novel--and Linda Hogan writes excellent novels--, because the metaphors are in context, the themes develop over time, and you can place the characters and events in
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Linda K. Hogan (born 1947 Denver) is a Native American poet, storyteller, academic, playwright, novelist, environmentalist and writer of short stories. She is currently the Chickasaw Nation's Writer in Residence.

Linda Hogan is Chickasaw. Her father is a Chickasaw from a recognized historical family and Linda's uncle, Wesley Henderson, helped form the White Buffalo Council in Denver during the
“This is what happens to fire.
It consumes itself.”
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