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Split This Rock Recommended Poetry Books of 2014
Praise for Allison Adelle Hedge Coke:
"These are the songs of righteous anger and utter beauty."--Joy Harjo
Split skin stretched over marrowless cage,
encased dry tomb, like those strewn
through this loess reach, cradling past
ever present here, and now you come
walking riverside, bringing sensory thrill
into daylight much like this cervidae
culled morning each waking before
demise. We move this way, catching life
until death captures us, where we rot
into the same dust holding multitudes
before us, and welcoming those beyond.
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is a poet, writer, performer, editor, and activist.
Coffee House Press, 9781566893756, 147pp.
Publication Date: December 2, 2014
About the Author
"Allison Adelle Hedge Coke's fierce new poetry collection, Streaming, takes her always brave and startling sonics into new narrative spaces. These poems are full of needful improvisation and piano runs. Hedge Coke makes music from tornados and glyphs, from cranes spiraling overhead, and from the grumbling stomachs of hungry children. She sings these stories because she has to and because we need her to. And when the speaker in "Sudden Where" says "maybe we'd find something magnificent, give it up to make somebody happy," it is clear that in these urgent poems, and in this necessary book, we've found both the magnificent and the unforgettable."--Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is an American Book Award-winning poet and the author of Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Blood Run, and Burn, as well as a memoir, Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer. She is the editor of the anthologies Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Effigies and Effigies II and currently serves as a Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Hedge Coke came of age working fields, factories, and waters and is currently at work on a film, Red Dust: the dirty thirties, chronicling mixed-blood and Native life.