The first book devoted exclusively to the poetry and literary
aesthetics of one of Native America's most accomplished writers,
this collection of essays brings together detailed critical
analyses of single texts and individual poetry collections from
diverse theoretical perspectives, along with comparative
discussions of Vizenor's related works. Contributors discuss
Vizenor's philosophy of poetic expression, his innovations in
diverse poetic genres, and the dynamic interrelationships between
Vizenor's poetry and his prose writings.
Throughout his poetic career Vizenor has returned to common
tropes, themes, and structures. Indeed, it is difficult to
distinguish clearly his work in poetry from his prose, fiction, and
drama. The essays gathered in this collection offer powerful
evidence of the continuing influence of Anishinaabe dream songs and
the haiku form in Vizenor's novels, stories, and theoretical
essays; this influence is most obvious at the level of grammatical
structure and imagistic composition but can also be discerned in
terms of themes and issues to which Vizenor continues to
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