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Claiming Breath

Artist - Author: 
Diane Glancy

This collection of works records the difficulties and moments of doubt, as well as the insights and joys of the author's life as a Native American woman who has raised two children, divorced, and is continuing the struggle to find her place in the world. Some of the pieces are short essays, others are traditional poems, while still others are prose poems. A number of the pieces are titled just with dates, giving them a journal-like quality. Some of these works focus on domestic concerns, but many are broad probes into larger issues that involve culture, ethnicity, and writing. In a poem called "Ethnic Arts: The Cultural Bridge," the author writes, "I want to share what it's like to think as a/Native American. This will be nonlinear." And, indeed, the wanderings in this collection provide an interesting and various look at contemporary American life. From Library Journal
- Jessica Grim, Oberlin Coll. Lib., Ohio
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

history / politics
Native American