What I’m Reading Right Now, Part 6

POETRY: A Flower Whose Name I Do Not Know, David Romtvedt

POETRY: A Prairie Prayer, Bruce Roseland

POETRY: Finding the Gossamer, Patrick Hicks

POETRY: Iktomi’s Uprising, Luke Warm Water.

Romtevedt is Wyoming’s poet laureate. A Flower Whose Name I Do Not Know was his first collection when it came out in 1991 or 1992. It was a National Poetry Series selection in 1991. The other three are poets who live in South Dakota. Luke Warm Water is an Oglala poet raised in Rapid City. Roseland ranches near Seneca. And Patrick Hicks is a professor at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. I’m trying to arrange interviews with each of them in the coming weeks. In the meantime, each of their books is worth a read. Warm Water’s collection  challenges the racism — both overt and inherent — that American Indian people experience here. Roseland seeks to preserve the dying way of life of ranchers. And Hicks’ poems are well-traveled with keen personal insights.

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~ by ericedits on September 7, 2008.

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