What I’m Reading Right Now, Part 5

Fiction: “The Cold Dish,” by Craig Johnson. I met Johnson at a writers conference in Hot Springs, SD, in March. He read from his books, and I was intrigued enough to check out the first in his series of mystery novels featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire. Johnson is from Ucross, Wyoming, and his novels are set there. He mentions Rapid City and Deadwood, SD, in the story so there’s a local connection that I liked reading about. “The Cold Dish” is an interesting tale with an unforeseeable twist at the end, which I’m finding myself still contemplating. The next in the series is “Death Without Company,” and I intend to keep reading.

Poetry: “Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets,” edited by Adrian C. Louis. This anthology offers selections of the work of four American Indian poets — Trevino L. Brings Plenty, Joel Waters, Steve Pacheco and Luke Warm Water. Louis, Brings Plenty, Waters and Warm Water have ties to South Dakota. The book tries to dispel some of the stereotypes people hold about Indians and to illuminate the societal hardships Indian s experience. You won’t find poetry about hunting, fishing and animal spirits. But you will be confronted with homelessness, loneliness, despair and decay. I’ve seen Warm Water perform at a poetry slam, and his work reads like it is intended to be heard aloud. Brings Plenty has a powerful voice, and I’d like to read more from all four.

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~ by ericedits on August 3, 2008.

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