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Report to the Department of the Interior: Poems

Diane Glancy

Winner of the 2016 WILLA Literary Award in Poetry from Women Writing the West

Constructed as a series of reports to the Department of the Interior, these poems of grief, anger, defiance, and resistance focus on the oppressive educational system adopted by Indian boarding schools and the struggle Native Americans experienced to retain and honor traditional ways of life and culture.


Diane Glancy is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. A professor emerita at Macalester College, Glancy served as a visiting professor of English at Azusa Pacific University from 2012 to 2014.


“This innovative collection about assimilationist education uses primary texts and original verse to get inside the grief of Native people. It is a revelation as well as a ritual of condolence.”


The Kansas City Star

“Drawing inspiration from the bureaucratic form and language of government reports, Glancy’s poems give voice to the Native American children whose self-identity was dissolved inside the boarding school system.”


World Literature Today

“This collection explodes any idea of a linear history.”


Studies in American Indian Literatures

6 x 9 in. 112 pages