Collection from Alaskan Joan Kane a satisfying journey for lyric poetry fans


«What I indigence to hear was a reassurance,» she writes, «instead, what I hold within/is the felt non-existence of place.» When invited to witness an animal being butchered, she shies away: «I didn’t fancy to see where it was/they found the heart, if they ever did.» As a Native who prospered up in Anchorage and went on to Ivy League schools, Kane has absorbed a lifestyle and a set of values that suppose it difficult to recover the traditional culture. Addressing Tootoo at the end of the poem, she suggests a powerful intimation of what has been lost: «Like you, in front of me is all I require./In the distance, mostly, another world.»

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