Without Reservation: Poems

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HYMN SINGER

At grandmother’s funeral I watch my Indian father mouth words to “Amazing Grace”

Ts’in aen ne’k’eltaeni
Ts’in aen ne’k’eltaeni

and I am a stranger dressed in something black.

-21-

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Without Reservation: Poems
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Returning the Gift 1
  • Indian Scalper 2
  • An Indian Poet Apologizes for His Color 3
  • After a Sermon at the Church of Infinite Confusion 4
  • An American Indian Dreams the American Dream 5
  • An Indian Boy Dreams of Being Billy Mills 6
  • The Gossips 7
  • The Last Fancy Dancer 8
  • It’s All in the Blood 9
  • Bonfires 10
  • The Book of Genesis, Revised for American Indian History 11
  • The Incomplete & Unauthorized Definition of American Indian Writers 14
  • High Anxiety 18
  • How to Conquer the New World 19
  • An Indian Boy Dreams of Michael Jordan 20
  • Hymn Singer 21
  • Silas Redcorn Falls in Love 22
  • Indian Giver 23
  • Red America 24
  • In the House of Worship 25
  • Electric Dreams 26
  • Poverty 27
  • This Is Just to Say 28
  • Kinship 29
  • My Conversation with a Fox 30
  • U’El Zaa Tkonii Naggets’I 31
  • Hunter’s Luck 32
  • Canaani 33
  • So Begins the Lasting Silence 34
  • Lost & Found 35
  • Mistaken Identity 36
  • The Price of Leaving Indian Country 37
  • Riversong 38
  • So It Goes 39
  • Supper Prayer for the Soon-to-Be Eradicated 40
  • If Textbooks Told the History of America the Way They Tell American Indian History 41
  • One Day on the Weegotskrood Indian Reservation 42
  • Tea with a Bull Moose 43
  • This Side of Eternity 44
  • Prayer Singer 45
  • Beading Poetry 46
  • The Scent of Poverty 47
  • Affirmative Action 48
  • Indian Summer 49
  • My Indian Grandmother Speaks to Animals 50
  • Dreamcatcher 51
  • Dandelions in Full Bloom 52
  • Exodus 53
  • Sunday Drive 55
  • The Indian Poet at a Reading 56
  • Indian Time 57
  • Indian Social Security 58
  • How the West Was Won 59
  • Cowboys & Indians 60
  • The Rise of Christianity 61
  • Real Indian 62
  • Dzi’Di’Da 63
  • Dead Man’s Curve 64
  • The Better Part of Me 65
  • A Winter Walk with Sorrow 66
  • Call of the Wild 67
  • Cillem Quellra 68
  • Elvis in Bear Country 69
  • In the House of Blue Light 70
  • Hunter’s Lament 71
  • January, after a Cold Spell 72
  • Kaktovik Whale Hunters 73
  • On Leaving Alaska 74
  • Living Jack London 75
  • The Hunter 76
  • Song of a Yupik Seal Hunter 77
  • Spending the Night on the Klutina River 78
  • This Side of Midnight 79
  • Trail’s End 80
  • Tracks 81
  • The White Silence 82
  • The Dance 83
  • Redemption 84
  • Rebel 85
  • Kinfolk 86
  • A Fisherman’s Heaven 87
  • Reservation Blues 88
  • Solitary Man 89
  • Fathers & Sons 90
  • The Night of My Boyhood Rape 91
  • Spring on the Kenai Peninsula 92
  • Christmas Epiphany 93
  • Pilgrims Landing 94
  • Reunion 95
  • Tin Man 96
  • Thanksgiving 97
  • Gray Thunder 98
  • Talkeetna Fish Camp 99
  • The Snow Has No Voice 100
  • Climbing Down the Mountain 101
  • Grave Robbers 102
  • What Comes around 103
  • Repossession 104
  • Winner Take Nothing 105
  • A Depressed Poet’s - New Year’s Resolution 106
  • Writer’s Block 107
  • About the Author 108
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