“Priscilla Long would take a bridge anywhere to reach her lost sister, and these poems are replete with bridges literal and metaphoric. In her quest and resolve, these words resonate from ‘Kaddish for Susanne’: ‘All praise to all that is.’”—Carole Simmons Oles, author of A Selected History of Her Heart: Poems
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.
Phillips’s debut full-length collection, the book is a love letter to the desert and an indictment of human folly. Phillips’s poetry is universal and historical: he addresses culture, the environment, and our borderlands history.
“Through the lens of her singular and compelling life, Carole Simmons Oles guides us through our fractured, confused, violent century. At seventy, facing an increasingly fragile body, Oles crafts language that creates bonds—across cultures and tongues, across decades and oceans and continents. These powerhouse poems reach out generation to generation with generosity and compassion. These poems invite us in, offer food and drink and shelter.”—Peggy Shumaker, author of GnawedBones