Dog Road Woman

Poems by Allison Hedge Coke

“These are the songs of righteous anger and utter beauty.” —Joy Harjo

April 1997
6 x 9 | 96 pages
Paperback Original

ISBN: 978-1-56689-061-8.

$16.00

Description

Teaching for Change recommended book

In her debut collection of poems, which received the American Book Award in 1998, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke presents an autobiographical sketch of a contemporary mixed-blood native life. These poems recount surviving diaspora, domestic violence, racism, and an extraordinary number of challenges. By drawing upon a variety of poetic and prosaic forms, Hedge Coke simulates and transforms the rhythms and sounds of her people. She weaves the shapes and patterns of her heritage into a magnificent tapestry of prayer, story, and song. Dog Road Woman is a sublime presentation of the strength, beauty, and spirit of the nations.

Awards

1998 American Book Award Winner

1998 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist

First Finalist, Diane Decorah Award, Poetry, 1998

Reviews

“Hedge Coke’s dense narrative poems are crowded with memorable characters and situations . . . she is welcome new voice in American poetry.” —Jessica Hagedorn

“Allison Hedge Coke is a skilled, spirited, young poet who is transforming and honing her social and personal experience and reflection to speak with the voice of a whole people.” –Amiri Baraka

“These are the songs of righteous anger and utter beauty.” —Joy Harjo

“These poems have so much to say that they can’t talk fast enough, and this poet is not afraid to speak the dangerous truth.” —Linda Hogan