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Author Lajimodiere, Denise K.

Title Dragonfly dance : poems / by Denise K. Lajimodiere
Published East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, ©2010
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 93 pages)
Series American Indian studies series
American Indian studies series (East Lansing, Mich.)
Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction; Out Steppin'; Out Steppin'; The Necklace; Bag Balm; The Quilt; Indian Angel in 1st Grade; Sweat Lodge; St. Ignatius; The Bundles of St. Ann's; The Reservation Dump; Warm Morning at Ft. Totten; My Grandfather Was a New Initiate; The Moccasin Trail; Ogichida Ikwewag; Obodashkwanishi; Dragonfly Dance; Midnight in North Dakota; To My Sister; Automatic Starter; The Warrior; Boise Forte Man; B.J.; Northern Lights; Night Owls; Sonnet; Oven Bread; The Bush Dance; The Bush Dance; Prairie Chicks; Portland, 1070s; 1969; Shape Shifting Rugaroo; Tracks; Father
Home from Happy RockHappy Pills; Hopeless Was the Ticker Tape; Foster Father; Mother Superior; St. Peter, 1957; Oz; Patent Leather Shoes; Denver March; The Eagles Dance; The Eagles Dance; Tonight the Train; Grand Forks; Sweet Water Well; Holy Hamm's Beer; Drunkard's Mass; May 11, 1980; Uncle Gus and Aunt Veronica; North Dakota; North Dakota on a Sunny Thirty below Zero Day; La Quette; Kicking Thunder; Answers; Crazy Horse; Round Danceby Red Lake; Round Dance by Red Lake; Starvation Winter, 1888; Sisters of War, Lacrosse; Circles; Kookum; Sun Dogs; Winter's Night; The Rain Was Warm and Mild
Tribal Council CandidateWaabishi-ma'iingan; Anishinaabe before Columbus; Turtle Mountain Orchid; Glossary; Previously Published
Summary Dragonfly Dance is a collection of poems remarkable for their candor and sense of catharsis. Writing from the vantage point of an American Indian woman, Denise Lajimodiere opens a door into the lives of Native girls and women. Her poems often reflect the deep tensions between Native culture and white culture. Reflected in Lajimodiere's poems, life is sometimes beautiful but rarely easy. The Necklace, the narrator details how her mother repaired a favorite beaded necklace, her arthritic fingers patiently threading beads on the long thin needle, weaving night after night. When the necklace is finally repaired, she wears it to school where, at recess a boy ran by, yanked it off her neck and threw it. I watched as it ascended high above the blacktop, the beads glittered, scattering their light, a rainbow against gray skies. Unadorned, direct, and often raw, these riveting poems sear their way into our imaginations, inviting us into a world we might never have known. We are richer for the knowledge
Subject American poetry.
American poetry.
POETRY -- General.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010003511
ISBN 1609172000