From Publishers Weekly
Intense, often mythological images as well as domestic, reflective, introspective visions mark Erdrich's poems. "Evocative and explicit, this collection . . . explores the often mingled spiritualities of her dual Catholic and Native American heritage," PW observed.
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From Library Journal
This rich book will attract Erdrich fans. Like Jacklight ( LJ 2/1/84), her first book of poems, it has tales of Potchikoo, a Chippewa Trickster, and of Mary Kroger, a butcher's wife. In the complex and masterful "Hydra," a poem written during pregnancy, Erdrich addresses both the mythical serpent and her unborn child--"Blessed one, beating your tail across heaven,/ uncoiling through the length of my life"--and compares herself to both Mary and Eve. Writing "Snake of hard hours, you are my poetry," she concludes, like Eve, that its place is "at my ear." As in a sequence on saints and sacraments, Erdrich here appropriates and transforms the Catholic theology learned as a child. A graceful, deeply metaphoric sequence on gardening, childrearing, and marriage concludes the book. Highly recommended.- Kathleen Norris, Lemmon
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