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Orlando White's Bone Light recreates poetry from the molecular level.
His vision presents language letter by letter: as body, as recipe, as
originary myth, as admonition. Here, poetry moves stealthily through
the smallest increments, in the "pause between ink and letter when
words are silent, unclothed." In that bare space, poems keep time
through their own arcane measure and the reader sees a "human
clock"emerge, one whose face is as much halo as empty zero.   This
astonishing writing dissects language with surgical and magical
precision. White peels back our assumptions like a skin and gives us
the irradiated, irreducible light of the bone.

Elizabeth Robinson



Orlando White's poetry glimmers with Diné notions of “thought creating thought” while re-configuring saad (language) into floating archipelagos of states which mutate into flashes of images that compel and startle. His work then peels forth a new perception of what language might be if we eliminate our own desires to maintain stasis in a changed world. Bone Light is an occasion marking the illumination of the body’s silence, the blank areas in which our breathing shadows the stains of letters punched onto the surface of a blank page, where the poet pages back a blank sound, filling it with the “open dark”  as he  “amputates one letter to fix another” so that we too may be changed in the act of the recoding of language.   – Sherwin Bitsui

About the Author

Orlando White is Diné (Navajo) from Sweetwater, Arizona. He is of the Zuni Water Edge People and born for the Mexican Clan. He received his A.A. and B.F.A. in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and his M.F.A. from Brown University. He is a recipient of a Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, a Zora Neale Hurston award from Naropa University, and many other poetry scholarships from the Idyllwild Arts, Napa Valley, and Taos summer writing programs. He has been involved with many mentor programs and has taught creative writing to elementary, high school, and college students in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, New York, and Rhode Island. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Red Ink Magazine, To Topos, 26 Magazine, and Ur Vox
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Red Hen Press; 1 edition (February 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597091359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597091350
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2009
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I was a third of the way through this book before I understood: this is not a volume of poetry. This is one forty-eight-page poem divided into sections. It's not about individual poems in front of a reader, it's about patterns. Reminiscent of Philip Glass compositions, we don't so much read this book as immerse ourselves in the power of its language. When I started to read it that way, it really opened up to me.

Motifs of light, bleach, skull, skeleton, zero, and bone create humming music that pervades readers' awareness. Trance-inducing drones occasionally part to admit glimpses of stepfather, dying grandfather, love in bloom, a mind in the process of transforming ineffable into language. This is a leap from the way you were taught to read poetry in high school, and I fear it may be jarring for inexperienced readers. But for seasoned readers it is a symphony.

Were I an editor, I'd suggest that Mr. White's musical theme is too small. As we approach the end, the repetition starts to seem overly long. At the same time, the book itself feels surprisingly short. Using even two or three more leitmotifs might carry the book further, give the poet more room to reveal himself, and prevent the momentum petering out as we get within seeing distance of the back cover.

But for those willing to subsume themselves in reading as a transcendent experience, "Bone Light" is a revelation of the power of poetry in a post-modern world. The back cover features an endorsement by White's fellow Diné poet Sherwin Bitsui, whose own verse achieves similar ends through slightly different avenues. If you like Bitsui, the power of language, or modern poetry as a field, give this book a try and see if it isn't exactly what you love.
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Using spare, pared down imagery – bone, skeleton, skull, skin – White probes language in its smallest components, examining the shapes of letters and numbers and the spaces between the marks on the paper. The poems acquire a gathering power throughout the book, and the whole turns into something memorable and haunting.
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Language can be an intriguing subject, and author Orlando White explores the language we speak every day, English. "Bone Light" is his discussion through verse of the subject, exploring the nuances and treating English as if it were a foreign language in concept. A unique idea and excellently executed, "Bone Light" is a solid choice for a book of poetry. "Bone Milk": Write the O/Dip Skull/Into Bleach./Press the Letter./Bones soften/inti calcium./Smear a zero./Hair dissolves/into ink./Erase paper./Skin evaporates/into foam./Boil subject and verb;/condense/into liquid./Fade from dark,/the shade of milk./Suck out period./Tooth hears/into fluid./Now pour skeleton/into another skin.
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Poems are fresh and the wordplay is vibrant
Every Poem has its own unique characteristics that help them leap off the page
Refreshed the way I look at poetry.
Looking forward for writings to come
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