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Visit Teepee Town: Native Writings After the Detours

An anthology edited by Diane Glancy and Mark Nowak

June 1, 1999 • 6 x 9 • 372 pages • 978-1-56689-084-7

The first Native American postmodern poetry anthology. A revival of the magic of sound.

Coffee House Press invites readers into the world of Native American postmodern poetry in a groundbreaking anthology sampling the work of twenty-two authors who lead us into new conceptual terrain. Visit Teepee Town is the first anthology dedicated solely to postmodern North American Native poetry and poetics. The works selected here resist established methodologies of defining indigenous aesthetics, and include bilingual texts, reinterpretations of traditional tales, and critiques of the Western tradition in anthropology and the social sciences.

The collection features both new and established authors, including James Thomas Stevens, Lise McCloud, Gerald Vizenor, James Luna, Rosemarie Waldrop, Carolyn Lei-lanilau, Barbara Tedlock, Linda Hogan, Wendy Rose, Maurice Kenny, Hachavi Edgar Heap of Birds, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Victoria Lena Manyarrows, Besmilr Brigham, Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer, Diane Glancy, Phil Young, Larry Evers and Felipe Molina, Juan Felipe Herrera, Greg Sarris, Peter Blue Cloud, and Louise Bernice Halfe.

Certain to spark lively debate in the classroom and beyond, Visit Teepee Town sidesteps the roadblocks and knocks down the barricades that have limited contemporary criticism and poetry. A revival of the magic of sound and oral tradition, Visit Teepee Town redefines contemporary and postmodern poetry and poetics as it leads readers to the Teepee Town at the end of the mind.

About the Author

A poet and labor activist heralded by Adrienne Rich for “regenerating the rich tradition of working-class literature,” Mark Nowak regularly leads transnational poetry workshops between American and international trade unions. The author of Revenants and Shut Up Shut Down, he has also been a contributor to the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog.

Reviews

“I] this uncompromising anthology . . . poets Glancy and Nowak have assembled work that goes far beyond a dreary poetics of indignation. The best of these move toward the reappropriation of Indian (including Hawai’ian) languages and modes. . . . This collection has the potential to foster a radical reimagining of Native poetries.” —Publishers Weekly

“An electic and beguiling compilation. . . . This book is a welcome addition to Native Literature.” —ForeWord Magazine

“Because of Glancy’s careful and respectful selection and her passion for authenticity, the pieces together proclaim an identity, once lost, now slowly finding itself by going back.” —Kliatt Magazine