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
This debut poetry collection tackles issues as various as marriage, parenting, death, art, illness, the home, and the workplace, viewing the everyday through a magical and surreal lens. The poems coalesce naturally around cycles of the seasons and emotions.
“ TimeServed is a rich and rigid work cementing Carlos Contreras as a major voice of the American Southwest. In these tragic yet lovingly rendered confessions Contreras examines the physical and emotional prisons forced upon us.”—Idris Goodwin, author of TheseAretheBreaks