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Baptism of Desire: Poems Paperback – December 7, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1991 PRINTING edition (December 7, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060920440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060920449
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Louise Erdrich is the author of twelve novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her debut novel, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent novel, The Plague of Doves, a New York Times bestseller, received the highest praise from Philip Roth, who wrote, "Louise Erdrich's imaginative freedom has reached its zenith--The Plague of Doves is her dazzling masterpiece." Louise Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
I first stumbled upon "Baptism of Desire" 8 years ago when I was pregnant with our first son. The work inspired me and I still refer to it often. Erdrich has a poignant and sensitive use of language. Although repitious in focus or theme each work peers from a unique corner of Erdrich's mind and is successful because it questions without diadatic overtones. In short it is honest. Brilliant.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2000
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If you decide to read this book, get ready to be reading the same poem over and over again. It is hard to understand at first, which is why my first impression of it was bad, but once you understand it, it's a pretty decent book of poems. The only odd part about it is it's random story in the middle. So I say,if you like Erdrich, you'll like the book.
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