76 pages, 5 3/8 x 9
Seeing through the Sun
By Linda Hogan
University of Massachusetts Press
Keen observation and vivid imagery mark this collection of poems by a Chickasaw Indian. Linda Hogan's subjects are often drawn from events of everyday life--gathering wood, watching her daughters sleep, witnessing changes in the weather, awaiting nightfall. But beneath the surface of these daily happenings runs a powerful undercurrent, a sureness of life's basic rhythms and a sensitivity to the pressures of survival.
The poems of Linda Hogan seem to come right out of the earth. We believe the details and scenes and characters in them. Her statements arrive with a sense of authority. The stories and implied stories have the feel of poetic legend; some of them have the movement of ballads. Mothers and daughters arise in these poems like archetypes of the human condition. They suffer, they endure, and they rejoice. . . . These poems grapple with hard experience and come through it, somehow, singing.'—Joseph Langland
A teacher in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Minnesota, Linda Hogan is a published writer and poet. Her other books include Calling Myself Home; Daughters, I Love You; Eclipse; and The Black Horse. Her writing has appeared in many anthologies, including That's What She Said: Contemporary Poetry and Fiction by Native American Women.
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