THE WHISPERING WIND: Poetry by Young American Indians by Terry -- Ed. Allen

THE WHISPERING WIND: Poetry by Young American Indians

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The fourteen poets represented are young indeed, having produced the works included here while attending the high school level Institute of American Indian Arts at Santa Fe, New Mexico. The general economy of expression, strength of feeling and assured personal style are particularly remarkable considering the age of the writers and the fact that all the examples are culled from the same program; one can only attribute their accomplishment to the IAIA's reinforcement of their American Indian background, which is evident throughout in both large themes (the traditions of the Ancient Ones) and small images (the scraping sound of a ""mother grinding corn""; ""the moccasins of an old man""). The wider world however is not ignored (""Hit,"" by a Vietnam veteran, is only the most dramatic example of its impact), and universals like loneliness and death and coming of age are given newly particularized expression. An impressive achievement, not only for the fourteen poets (most of whom have finished or are attending college, many of whom have already been published or earned recognition in other arts) but for the school, where the students' tradition is ""used as a springboard for personal creative action.

Pub Date: June 2nd, 1972
Publisher: Doubleday