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Rainbows of stone /
Ralph Salisbury.
imprint
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2000.
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ix, 137 p.
ISBN
0816520364 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2000.
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0816520364 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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3933438
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ralph Salisbury has shared his family's tales and experiences in seven previous books of prose and poetry. Now in Rainbows of Stone he returns with a collection of poems that interweaves family tales with personal and tribal history. Conjuring images that define his life -- from the vanishing farming and hunting traditions with which he was raised to his experiences in World War II as a member of a bomber crew -- he has produced a haunting, powerful work that expresses his devotion to the Cherokee religion and its harmony with the forces of Nature.
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"His poems breathe life, carry us close--sometimes too close--to the fire. . . . There is magic in this book. Listen to it." -- Salem Statesman Journal
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Poems of death, family, & Native American history.
Main Description
Son of a Cherokee-English father and an Irish mother,Ralph Salisbury grew up among storytellers and has shared his family's tales and experiences in seven previous books of prose and poetry. Now in Rainbows of Stonehe returns with a striking collection of poems that interweaves family tales with personal and tribal history. Salisbury conjures images that define his life, from the vanishing farming and hunting traditions with which he was raised to his experiences in World War II as a member of a bomber crew. He writes of himself and of Indian people as Vanishing Americans--vanishing into the mingling of races--and sees himself as a pacifistic patriot concerned that we not continue the destructive reliance on war that marks our history. Writing as one who is "not part Indian, part white, but wholly both," Salisbury has produced a haunting, powerful work that expresses his devotion to the Cherokee religion, its fidelity to its forebears, and its harmony with the forces of Nature. For all concerned with ecology, social justice, and peace, Rainbows of Stoneconveys a growing awareness of the world and a sense of how each individual connects with the universal and timeless realities of every other human being.
Main Description
Son of a Cherokee-English father and an Irish mother, Ralph Salisbury grew up among storytellers and has shared his family's tales and experiences in seven previous books of prose and poetry. Now in Rainbows of Stone he returns with a striking collection of poems that interweaves family tales with personal and tribal history. Salisbury conjures images that define his life, from the vanishing farming and hunting traditions with which he was raised to his experiences in World War II as a member of a bomber crew. He writes of himself and of Indian people as Vanishing Americans--vanishing into the mingling of races--and sees himself as a pacifistic patriot concerned that we not continue the destructive reliance on war that marks our history. Writing as one who is "not part Indian, part white, but wholly both," Salisbury has produced a haunting, powerful work that expresses his devotion to the Cherokee religion, its fidelity to its forebears, and its harmony with the forces of Nature. For all concerned with ecology, social justice, and peace, Rainbows of Stone conveys a growing awareness of the world and a sense of how each individual connects with the universal and timeless realities of every other human being.
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Son of a Cherokee-English father and an Irish mother, Ralph Salisbury grew up among storytellers and has shared his family's tales and experiences in seven previous books of prose and poetry. Now in Rainbows of Stone he returns with a striking collection of poems that interweaves family tales with personal and tribal history.Salisbury conjures images that define his life, from the vanishing farming and hunting traditions with which he was raised to his experiences in World War II as a member of a bomber crew. He writes of himself and of Indian people as Vanishing Americans -- vanishing into the mingling of races -- and sees himself as a pacifistic patriot concerned that we not continue the destructive reliance on war that marks our history.Writing as one who is "not part Indian, part white, but wholly both", Salisbury has produced a haunting, powerful work that expresses his devotion to the Cherokee religion, its fidelity to its forebears, and its harmony with the forces of Nature. For all concerned with ecology, social justice, and peace, Rainbows of Stone conveys a growing awareness of the world and a sense of how each individual connects with the universal and timeless realities of every other human being.
Table of Contents
Leaving My People
A Declaration, Not of Independencep. 3
Being Indianp. 5
Family Task, 4th Yearp. 6
First Kill, 4th Yearp. 7
As Straight Asp. 8
A Stick-Horse-Indian's Historyp. 9
Of Pheasant and Blue-Winged Tealp. 10
Lazarusp. 11
Passing Rez School the Day before Thankstaking Day, Unoriginal Sin and a Redskin Pilgrim's Retrogressionp. 12
Geometry of a Cherokee Historyp. 13
Those Glittering Clawsp. 15
Between Bandoliersp. 16
Breed Kid's Initiation Rite: 1981p. 17
Without Thunderp. 18
Leaving the Landp. 19
Unloadingp. 21
Death of ___ _____, Chief without a Tribep. 22
A Longerp. 24
Then and Stillp. 25
A 20th Century Cherokee's Farewell to Armsp. 26
Green Smokep. 28
We Are Asked to Understandp. 29
Ahab over Japanp. 30
New Years Night, Moss-Hall Tavern, Londonp. 31
A Cherokee's Second Christeningp. 33
War Over, Blue Heron Ascendingp. 34
Veterans Hospital, Moving the Deadp. 35
Veterans Hospital: Terminal Wardp. 36
Bullet-Holes... Drops of Rain...p. 37
My Brother's Aerial Photo of the Farm where We Were Bornp. 38
Grandfather Wise Wolf at Warp. 40
A Man Hunt among the Dead
Visiting Poets' Words on Arizona Poetry Center Wallp. 43
An Indian Kid's Vision of Snowp. 44
The Sioux, Their Gloryp. 46
After the Treatyp. 47
Canyon de Chellyp. 48
"Among the Savages ..."p. 49
A Poet Knight's Report from the New Worldp. 50
For Sir Walter Raleighp. 52
A Descendant of "Savage" Nature Worshiper Cherokees Raids Christian Venicep. 53
Just below the Snow: Visit to Palace, Bavariap. 54
A Cherokee Naval Historyp. 56
Sacajawea, Bird-Woman, Shows Mrs. America a Native American Dioramap. 57
Against Envyp. 58
Scrub Jays at Feederp. 59
"Katooah," We Sayp. 60
Sometimes Likelyp. 61
A Historic Denialp. 62
Vanishing Americans Battle to Regain a Vanishing World
A Rainbow of Stonep. 65
Hearing the Famous Talkp. 67
Around the Sun, the Alaskan Oil Spillp. 68
Oil Spills, 1966, 1989 69
Ocean Enough: Exxon's Alaskan Oil Spillp. 71
Oil Spill Spreadingp. 72
The Ultimate Mountainp. 73
Through Nothingp. 74
The Violet that Killed a Mountain Sheepp. 75
For a Prairie Chicken, Now Extinctp. 76
Until and Afterp. 77
For Simon Ortizp. 78
Continuing Sikwaya's Searchp. 79
For Ed Edmo, Shoshone-Bannockp. 80
Jim Barnes, Choctawp. 81
In Memory of Bill Stafford, Good Indian, Who Fought to Save Crow's Feet's Band and Other Survivorsp. 82
For One of Us, Lost while Climbingp. 83
Vieques, after Hurricane Hugop. 85
A Liberation and a Farewell to Armsp. 86
To Sing of the Sunp. 88
Out of Sleep under Starsp. 90
Skyful of Teethp. 91
Yunwiya Initiation Hunt: For Quarry Greater than Bearp. 92
A Father's Bear Dreamp. 93
Fall Hunt for Winter Meatp. 94
Rare Plant Viewed after TV Nature Special and Commercialp. 95
Frost Baby Harp Seal Peltp. 96
A Harvest of Rainbowsp. 98
Above Dinosaur National Monument, Utahp. 99
Death Songs
Six Prayersp. 103
The Only Medicine Surep. 105
Burning the Old Garden Fencep. 106
To My Father's Motherp. 108
For Mary Turner Salisburyp. 109
A Violet in My First for My Mother's Motherp. 110
To My Mother's Fatherp. 112
What Growsp. 113
For Years and Yearsp. 114
Dad's Old Plowing Buddy, Metp. 116
A Harvestingp. 117
Cherokee Ghost Story: My Father'sp. 118
As Day Wasp. 119
Noise of Going-to-Work Traffic, London: Accidental Deathsp. 120
Home Top. 121
The Color Ofp. 122
This Is My Death Dreamp. 123
By Thenp. 125
A Name on a Tombstonep. 127
Long and Longerp. 128
One Pastp. 129
Gentle in Greenp. 130
Thanks Youp. 131
Closerp. 132
If Anyone Doesp. 133
Death Song, My Ownp. 134
Acknowledgmentsp. 135
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