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Alone Walking
The Change
Compartmentalizing
Darkening Light
Dog Road Woman
Legacy
Look At This Blue
Night In Chaos
Perberon Nambe Morning
Pine Ridge With A Lamborghini Dream
Pleas
Radio Wave Mama
Responses
Sequinned
Shoe Gestapo At The Blue Light Special Place
Sidelays Gwance
State Of Invincibility
Thunder Hawk Meltdown
Trace
When I Was A Girl Woman
Wokiksuye
The Year Of The Rat
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In her debut collection of poems, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke presents an autobiographical sketch of a contemporary mixed-blood native life. These poems recount surviving diaspora, domestic violence, racism, and an extraordinary number of challenges. By drawing upon a variety of poetic and prosaic forms, Hedge Coke simulates and transforms the rhythms and sounds of her people. She weaves the shapes and patterns of her heritage into a magnificent tapestry of prayer, story, and song. Dog Road Woman is a sublime presentation of the strength, beauty, and spirit of the nations.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press; 1st edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566890616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566890618
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,180,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dog Road Woman received the Before Columbus foundation American Book Award on September 5th, 1998. As Allison Adelle Hedge Coke read on April 14th at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, her voice added another dimension to already profound poems. This collection of 22 poems is like "an autobiographical sketch of a contemporary mixed-blood native life. These poems recount surviving diaspora, domestic violence, racism, and an extraordinary number of challenges." Allison uses writing as a vehicle to take herself and us from one place to another, psychologically and geographically. Since her work is mainly inspired from her personal experience, knowing some major aspects of Allison's life brings the poems closer to us in meaning and in purpose. She shares with us the proof of a powerful will for survival and pride. Her "work is a catalyst" for sanity, love, and humanity. Allison Adelle Hedge Coke believes in hope and possibilities. Her poetry is straight forward, honest and real, and never falls into self-pity and dark cynicism. It talks about anger but never spite. Since Dog Road Woman does not have Allison's biography, I added here a piece from Reinventing the Enemy's Language, edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird. I believe that this bio-abstract will help you understand Allison's poetry better. Allison introduces herself: " I am a mixed Canadian: Native Huron and Tsalagi (North Carolina), French Canadian and Portuguese. I grew up mostly in North Carolina but also in Canada during the summers. We stayed with various relatives in other areas as well and I spent a great deal of time in South Dakota. ...Read more ›
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The poems in this collection weave magnificent stories out of amazingly arranged and chosen language. The voice in the poems chants unhesitatingly about horrors endured and the triumph at being unbroken despite the horrors. The wisdom in the voice seems to speak beyond personal experience as well, touching a memory that is much more expansive than what has been lived. Perhaps a connection to something larger that many people ignore or do not have access to. This expansiveness, this beyondness, its presence in the poems shines constantly, making the truth embodied in the words recognizable instantly, like only something that has always been known but may have been forgotten can be inherently recognized. The words of the poems all seem to have this marvelous rhythm as well, something much more rich than music. Sometimes soft yet insistent, sometimes a blasting explosion of images and thoughts, all of it beautiful and wonderful.
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There are good reasons Hedge Coke's debut collection won the American Book Award. These poems tell powerful stories in powerful language.
A brilliant collection from an important new Cherokee writer.
Highly recommended!
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