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After and Before the Lightning

After and Before the Lightning - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0816514489

Cover of After and Before the Lightning 94 (ISBN 978-0816514489)
ISBN13: 978-0816514489
ISBN10: 0816514488
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 94
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Published: 1994
International: No

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After and Before the Lightning - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0816514489

Simon J. Ortiz

ISBN13: 978-0816514489
ISBN10: 0816514488
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 94
Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Published: 1994
International: No
Summary

''Highway 18 between Mission and Okreek, South Dakota, is a stretch of no more than eighteen miles, but late at night or in a blizzard it seems endless. ''It feels like being somewhere between South Dakota and 'there,''' says Simon Ortiz, ''perhaps at the farthest reaches of the galaxy.'''' ''Acoma Pueblo poet Ortiz spent a winter in South Dakota, teaching at Sinte Gleska College on the Rosebud Lakota Sioux Reservation. The bitter cold and driving snow of a prairie winter were a reality commanding his attention through its absolute challenge to survival and the meaning of survival.'' ''Ortiz's way of dealing with the hard elements of winter was to write After and Before the Lightning, prose and verse poems that were his response to that long season between the thunderstorms of autumn and spring. ''I needed a map of where I was and what I was doing in the cosmos,'' he writes. In these poems, which he regards as a book-length poetic work, he charts the vast spaces of prairie and time that often seem indistinguishable. As he faces the reality of winter on the South Dakota reservation, he also confronts the harsh political reality for its Native community and culture and for Indian people everywhere.'' ''''Writing this poetry reconnected me to the wonder and awe of life,'' Ortiz states emphatically. Readers will feel the reality of that wonder and awe - and the cold of that South Dakota winter - through the gentle ferocity of his words.''--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Bio

Ortiz, Simon J. :

Simon J. Ortiz is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and storyteller. He is a native of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, where he grew up at Deetseyaamah, a rural village area in the Acoma Pueblo community. He is the father of three children-Raho, Rainy, and Saraand and is a grandfather. As a major Native writer, he insists on telling the story of his people's land, culture, and community, a story that has been marred by social, political, economic, and cultural conflicts with Euro-American society. Ortiz's insistence, however, is upon a story that stresses vision and hope by creative struggle and resistance against human and technological oppression. His previous works include Men on the Moon, Speaking for the Generations, After and Before the Lightning, Woven Stone, Fightin, The People Shall Continue, and Howbah Indians. He has received award recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Award, a ''Returning the Gift'' Lifetime Achievement Award, and a New Mexico Humanities Council Humanitarian Award. Presently he lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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