Poetry


The Road Where the People Criedby Geary HobsonBookshop.orgAmazon.comGeary Hobson uses the power of narrative to re-walk the Trail of Tears. His collection of voices traces the forced march, sickness, upheaval and dispossession of the Cherokee removal. Rain Crow, Dragging Canoe, White Path, Pigeon Woman, Richard Old Field, George Lowrey, Dreadfulwater, Jesse Bushyhead are a few of the speakers who illuminate “one of the worst blemishes on American history.” But it is Hobson’s own “cross-cut saw” of words that makes The Road Where the People Cried remarkable. —Diane Glancy, author of Pushing the Bear and The Book of Bearings Geary Hobson’s The Road Where the People Cried brings both the human tragedy and legal travesty of Cherokee Removal to life for today’s readers through the historical figures who voice his vivid and compelling poetry. From Six Killer to Tsali to Dragging Canoe and even the vile, sorry, low down, no good, ne’er do well Andrew Jackson, these characters will make you sit down and listen. —Kimberly G. Wieser, author of Texas . . . to Get Horses and Back to the Blanket: Recovered Rhetorics and Literacies in American Indian StudiesIn his eighties by then, Going Snake saw what life had become for his Indigenous people when they were forced to leave their homelands. He saw and felt their sorrow and loss. He heard and suffered their cries and pain. Nevertheless, he knew and insisted on this truth: Life-Everlasting. This is the deeper, fiercer, and loving core of Nunna da-ul Tsun-yi. The Road Where the People Cried. This is the love deep and everlasting. Ever Lasting. Ever. Lasting. These poems by Geary Hobson must be read. —Simon J. Ortiz, author of Speaking for the Generations, Out There Somewhere, Going for the Rain, Beyond the Reach of Time and Change, The Good Rainbow Road, from Sand Creek, and many more.

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Until We Are Level Againby José Angel AraguzIn his third collection, José Angel Araguz’s poems grope the walls of a dark room, looking for answers from a father who has been absent. The writing amplifies the ache of empty spaces, and delves into themes of culture, home, growth, reflections, and change. Anthony Frame, author of Where Wind Meets Wing (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018), applauds Until We Are Level Again: “This book is a soaring exploration of loss, of grief, of family – a stunning look at how the human condition is one of absence and of replacement and recreation. Tracking through the loss of a father, first to prison and then to death, these poems – and this poet – dig deep into the work of memorializing. Part Dickinson, part Whitman, and entirely himself, Araguz reminds us of the power of words, of language, to bridge the absences of time, to construct and deconstruct the walls of grief, to balance the human and the divine.” Robin Carstensen, author of In the Temple of Shining Mercy writes: “The poet challenges us to consider the ‘staggering’ impossibility of paying adequate tribute to the lives of our forebears and their shaping of who we are and who we become. How can language possibly achieve this necessary affirmation, yet this poet dares while offering particular reverence to the extraordinary figure of his mother ‘as front yard. . . face bright, steadfast/ as light through a threadbare sheet.’ The search for the lost self intensifies as the poet recognizes the word is always subservient to the body, to the flesh both absent and present.” Octavio Quintanilla, author of If I Go Missing praises the author: “He writes poems that reveal private grief as much as they reveal the failure of language to express our deepest losses. Despite this recognition of failure, Araguz forges forth with the written word, and, in his hands, longing becomes another word for father, mother, love. Enter this house of poems and unbar its windows. Unlock its doors. See how the light of these delicate elegies cut deep into the marrow of memory. You will rejoice for being here, for having read them.”Review from Latino Book ReviewReview from Salmander MagazineAmazon.comBN.comPowells.comPRESS KIT


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