Dark. Sweet.

Dark. Sweet. : New & Selected Poems

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Dark. Sweet. offers readers the sweep of LindaHogan's work--environmental and spiritual concerns, her Chickasaw heritage--in spare, elemental, visionary language. From "Those Who Thunder": Those who thunder have dark hair and red throw rugs. They burn paper in bathroom sinks. Their voices refuse to suffer and their silences know the way straight to the heart; it's bus route number eight. Linda Hogan is the recipient of the 2007 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Spirit of the West Literary Achievement Award. She is also a recipient of the 2016 PEN New England Henry David Thoreau Prize. Her poetry has received an American Book Award, Colorado Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle nomination.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 30.48mm | 610g
  • MN, United States
  • English
  • 1566893518
  • 9781566893510
  • 1,465,763

Table of contents

from Calling Myself Home
from Seeing through the Sun
from Savings
from The Book of Medicines
from Rounding the Human Corners
from Eclipse
New Poems
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Review quote

Split This Rock Recommended Poetry Books of 2014 Praise for Linda Hogan "Her poetry is deeply engaged with nature and personal experience; I loved its lyricism and its emotional engagement."--Rosemary and Reading Glasses "Linda Hogan is essential, a mighty and bedrock voice in American letters. Any book by her is cause for celebration, but this volume should cause outbreaks of dancing. Brilliant." --Luis Urrea "Linda Hogan's poetry has always been a medicine of sort ... These poems in particular cross over to speak for us in the shining world. They bring back words for healing, the distilled truth of all these stories that are killing us with tears and laughter." --Joy Harjo "Linda Hogan's vision is breathtaking: the embryonic fingers of a fetal whale, the imperial walk of a raven, the torn-cloth dresses of her Chickasaw ancestors, are distilled in these pages into a critique of human survival. The Book of Medicine feels like a gift from the earth's entire past to the present moment." --Barbara Kingsolver "A 400-page collection celebrating women, spirituality, justice, and peace."--Santa Barbara Independent "Despite the pain, loss, and frustration that percolate through her poetry, what's so remarkable about Dark. Sweet. is the palpable optimism and unceasing call to change. This is a poet deeply in love with humanity and the natural world, who projects a hopeful vision of the future..." --Cleaver Magazine "Linda Hogan's often prayer-like poems evoke liminality, speaking from blurred boundaries of animal and human, self and other, but it is the constant interpenetration of the sacred and mundane, which poet-theorist Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei calls "the ecstatic quotidian," that sets Linda Hogan's work on a plane of its own." --World Literature Today "Hogan's poetry is most compelling in its refusal: refusing to tell you what you expect, what you want to hear. Her speakers refuse to play to cultural tropes."--The Volta
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About Linda Hogan

A major American writer and the recipient of the 2007 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Spirit of the West Literary Achievement Award, Linda Hogan is a Chickasaw poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, teacher, and activist who has spent most of her life in Oklahoma and Colorado. Her fiction has garnered many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination and her poetry collections have received the American Book Award, Colorado Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle nomination. A volunteer and consultant for wildlife rehabilitation and endangered species programs, Hogan has also published essays with the Nature Conservancy and Sierra Club.
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