Copper Yearning

Holy Cow! Press
  • erschienen am 14. Juli 2020
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  • 88 Seiten
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Copper Yearning invests itself in a compassionate dual vision-bearing witness to the lush beauty of our intricately woven environments and to the historical and contemporary perils that threaten them. Kimberly Blaeser's fourth collection of poetry deftly reflects her Indigenous perspective and a global awareness. Through vividly rendered images, the poems dwell among watery geographies, alive to each natural nuance, alive also to the uncanny. Set in fishing boats, in dreams, in prisons, in memory, or in far flung countries like Bahrain, the pieces sing of mythic truths and of the poignant everyday injustices. But, whether resisting threats to effigy mounds or inhabiting the otherness of river otter, ultimately they voice a universal longing for a place of balance, a way of being in the world-for the ineffable.

  • Englisch
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978-1-5136-4568-1 (9781513645681)

Kimberly Blaeser, poet, critic, essayist, and fiction writer, is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a member of the low residency MFA faculty for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She served as Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015-2016. Blaeser is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, and grew up on White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. Her collections of poetry include Apprenticed to Justice (2007), Absentee Indians and Other Poems (2002), and Trailing You (1994), which won the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas First Book Award. She is also the author of a critical study on fellow White Earth writer Gerald Vizenor, entitled Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition (1996), and editor of the anthologies Traces in Blood, Bone & Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry (2006), and Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose (1999). Blaeser's poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction have been widely published, and selections of her poetry have been translated into several languages including Spanish, French, Norwegian, Indonesian, and Hungarian. Her writing is included in more than forty anthologies and collections such as Native Voices: Honoring Indigenous Poetry from North America (2019), Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing (2009), The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World (2011), Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time (2017), Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems (2017) and Reinventing the Enemy's Language (1997). Blaeser has performed her poetry at over 350 different venues around the globe, and has been the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Center for 21st Century Studies, the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian, and the Institute on Race and Ethnicity among others. She is an editorial board member for the "American Indian Lives" series of the University of Nebraska Press, for the "Native American Series" of Michigan State University Press, and for the Indigenous Studies Journal Transmotion. Blaeser, who worked as a journalist before earning her Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame is also an avid wildlife and nature photographer often exhibiting her photos, ekphrastic poetry, and a mixed-genre art form for which she invented the term "Picto-Poem." She lives in the woods and wetlands of rural Lyons Township Wisconsin and spends part of each year at a water access cabin adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota.


Acknowledgments ix

Proem: Wellspring: Words from Water 2


Dreams of Water Bodies/ Nibii-wiiyawan Bawaadanan 4

Of Eons and Epics 5

Please withhold koans and questions 8

Slippage 9

Cadastre, Apostle Islands 11

Angles of Being 13

Talking Rock 14

Pica 15

Winter Transfigurations 16

After Taiwan 18

Caption 19

Words on Yearning 20


Of Fractals and Pink Flowering 23

This Stranger's Beauty 25

Dreams of Water Bodies, Two 26

BWCA Haiku 28

What I Believe 29

A Litany of Other 30

What the Rain Remembers 32

Becoming Turtle 33

Tincture 34

Another Intimation 35

Endaso-Dagwaagin 36

Manoominike-giizis 38


A Subjectifixation Cento for Two Voices 40

Of Nalusachito and the Course of Rivers 42

Verse Drama One: Pagan 44

Verse Drama Two: Surveyor, 1849 45

Rattle 46

1850. Sandy Lake, Minnesota. 47

Mochi, Prisoner of War 49

Estate of Chief Black Kettle (1813-1868) 50

Sutra, in Umber 51

Summary Tabulations Descriptive of One Hundred and

Fifty Chippewa Indian Families on the White Earth

Reservation 52

Ancient Hunger 53

Captivity 54


On Climbing Petroglyphs 56

Veteran's Day 57

Fire, After Fire 58

Bawaajige 59

Photosynthesis 61

Exit #135 62

Speaking, Like Old Desire 64

Fatima at the Bab el-Bahrain Souk 65

Reliquary 66

Regarding the Care of Homeless Children 68

The Ritual of Wishing Hands 70

Sting Like a Bee 72

When We Sing Of Might 73

The Solace of Forgotten Races 75

Again the Night 76

Recipe for Remembrance 77

That Buffalo Hair Fedora 78


Unlawful Assembly 81

The Smallest Shaft of Light 82

Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance 84

This House of Words 85

Mooningwanekaaning-minis 86

"Because We Come From Everything" 87

Tribal Mound, Earth Sutra 89

Of the many ways to say: Please Stand 90

Poem for a Tattered Planet: If the Measure is Life 91

Dispersion: A Treatise 94

Eloquence of Earth 95

Prairie Thunder 97 Solidarity: A Cento 99

Sacred Stone Camp 101


Minobimaadizi 104

A Song for Giving Back 105

When Loving is the Yield 107

Voices in the Desert, Bahrain 2010 108

Before Pearl Square 109

Shiteet, the Smallest Pearl 110

Canyon on the Edge of Years 111

Senbzura, Held Together by Strings 112

Spirit Dogs 113

Bronze Lumen 116

These Small Turns of Memory 117

Winter Aurora 121

After Words


Envoi: Drum Song 124
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