By Roger Dunsmore
Those 13 essays replicate Dunsmore's wide adventure as a poet, scholar of local literature, and instructor. They take their proposal from leader Joseph's assertion that "the Earth and myself are of 1 mind," and move directly to reflect on Black Elk; the paintings of D'Arcy McNickle, Simon Ortiz, and Laurens van der publish; Salish tales; and Pueblo sacred clowns. the concept that brain is whatever better and extra pervasive in nature than the Western culture has frequently thought of indicates recognize as primary to survival and conveys the basic wildness of mind.Earth's brain can be valuable to people who learn or train local literature or who easily are looking to comprehend larger local global views."The most unique and evocative examine of local American literary accomplishments, and their assets, it's been my excitement to learn in different years."--Karl Kroeber, Mellon Professor within the Humanities, Columbia college
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About the same time these stone ones, crouched, began roaring at the sky. Their eyes are smooth dishes of milky marble now, like the eyes of Athenian beggars eaten by the larva of a special fly that lays its eggs in the pupil. But the light of Greece aside, and its darkness too, reading Black Elk Speaks, I knew something I hadn't known when the shoreline of this continent receded into the haze off the stern of the M/V Klek. I knew there was something for me to return Page xiii to in North America.
Plunging into" seemed more aggressive than hearing the trees scream. Certainly it was more aggressive than walking out onto the prairie with a few scraps of bread and a gentle Indian voice, or lying on your stomach, peering into a gopher hole. Although Basho was helpful, his ideas seemed like those of a person speaking from a condition of radical separation from objects. He reminded me of the English Romantics seeing "eternity in a grain of sand" and being accused of the "pathetic fallacy," of imposing their own thoughts and feelings onto objects and then thinking that the objects themselves actually contained those thoughts and feelings.
During rough weather, at night, a couple of us would pick our way forward around the tractors and combines chained to the deck, lie on our backs in the bow and watch for shooting stars, or stare into the blobs of pale-green, watery luminescence plowed up by the ship. I hadn't imagined that men like Black Elk were contemporaries of mine. I'd thought of them as belonging to a past that was both gone and inaccessible, especially to mid-western farm boys like me. But here they were, the purported words of a man from the deep human past in America, carrying the wisdom and pain of a 40,000-year-long hunter/gatherer tradition into my own time.