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Raven's Paradise (Small Press Distribution (All Titles)) Paperback – April 25, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1892471628 ISBN-10: 1892471620

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Product Details

  • Series: Small Press Distribution (All Titles)
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Hill Press (April 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892471620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892471628
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,191,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Red Hawk was the Hodder Fellow in the Humanities at Princeton University in 1991-92 and teaches at The University of Arkansas Monitcello. His poetry collections include Journey of the Medicine Man (August House, 1983; finalist, Walt Whitman Award); The Sioux Dog Dance (Cleveland State University, 1991; runner-up, Patterson Poetry Prize); The Way of Power (Hohm Press, 1996); The Art of Dying (Hohm Press, 1999); Wreckage With A Beating Heart (Hohm Press, 2005). His nonfiction books are: Self Observation: The Awakening of Conscience (Hohm Press, 2009). His poems have appeared in The Altantic, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Atlanta Review, Shenandoah, and many others. He has two daughters, and he lives in Monticello, Arkansas, with Chandrika.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. H. Russell on July 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Raven's Paradise is the greatest work of poetry I've ever read in my life. The images crafted by Redhawk penetrate deep into the spirit. I found myself thinking about the advanced principles for days afterwards, and the associations and insights just kept flowing. I'm flabbergasted by Redhawk's skill. Whether new or already a fan, you really owe it to your inner growth to obtain this book. Yes, I too read exaggerated reviews at Amazon.com all the time. This, however, is the way I really feel. A treasure of immense value!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By seeker 1 on December 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
Here is a very post-modern response to Milton's "Paradise Lost" in which the Lucifer character has taken on the form of a Raven, the Son of God and brother to Robin, who he kills at birth--so there are echoes of Cain and Abel as well. But this is much more--it is in its underlying themes a handbook for Awakening the Feminine in a Human Being. Raven is cast out of his "Fodder's" nest, loss of paradise, and lands on Earth--Chaco Canyon--where he creates a markedly flawed paradise of his own. By turns knee-slappingly hilarious, slapstick funny, bawdy, irreverent, deeply insightful spiritually, shocking in its insights into the Laws which govern even the behavior of God, ulitmately Raven is redeemed and transformed by the love of the Feminine which he created and calls "Wombman." I marvel at this poet's skill with language and with the forms of poetry--there are even several sonnets in this long sequence, but they come in under the radar and are subtle and marvelous. This is as brilliant a poetic creation as has been done in American poetry since Whitman's "Leaves of Grass." Like Whitman, Red Hawk moves deeply beneath the surface to shed light on the world inner transformation and-wonder of wonders-to provide a path to Spiritual Enlightenment: the path of Awakening and Worship of the Feminine Goddess universal-force. Red Hawk is himself a universal force. A brilliant American poet.
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