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On Native Ground: Memoirs and Impressions (American Indian Literature & Critical Studies) Hardcover – March, 1997
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From the simplicity of life in rural Oklahoma in the years surrounding World War II to the lyrical beauty of a villa in the Italian countryside, Barnes paints pictures of his life in essays and poetry. Of Welsh and Choctaw heritage, he is an issish ibakaha, a mixed-blood, equally at home in both cultures but refusing to be defined by either. Raised in and around several small towns, he offers recollections of places and events that convey beautifully a sense of history and way of life shared by much of rural America in the Thirties and Forties. The second half of his book focuses on his development as a poet and essayist and submersion in world literature. While nostalgic for a simpler time and place, he is also clearly enervated by and enamored of the writers of Europe and of his teaching. His goal of being recognized for his art rather than his blood is well on its way to being achieved in this memoir.?Lisa A. Mitten, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib.
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