Poetry. Native American Studies. RED WILLOW PEOPLE is like sacred text from the great spirit, great mother earth, wisdom beyond knowing, Holy Writ. As Cynthia Hogue, author of The Incognito Body and Or Consequence, writes: "One enters Devreaux Baker's haunting new collection, RED WILLOW PEOPLE, as one would sacred terrain. These poems are spare, tactile and textured, but they hover between worlds: 'I do not know why the ghost of the woman from the pueblo / visits me,' one speaker confesses. This visitation is a gift, but it carries with it the task of journeying to that 'core place / where bone meets spirit,' 'the other side of air,' through time and 'beyond knowing.' RED WILLOW PEOPLE is a book of visionary medicine, for though Baker walks through 'the thin field / of grief,' she does so to instruct and heal, walking in a rare beauty and in magic to write these gorgeously wise poems."
Devreaux Baker has published five collections of poetry: Light at the Edge (Pygmy Forest Press, 1993), Beyond the Circumstance of Sight (Wild Ocean Press, 2009), RED WILLOW PEOPLE (Wild Ocean Press, 2011), OUT OF THE BONES OF EARTH (Wild Ocean Press, 2015), and HUNGRY GHOSTS (Wild Ocean Press, 2018). She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the 2017 Joe Gouveia Outermost National Poetry Prize, the 2014 Barbara Mandigo Kelley Poetry Peace Prize from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, the 2012 Poetry Prize from the Center for Women's Global Leadership, and the 2011 PenOakland Josephine Miles award for poetry. HUNGRY GHOSTS places Baker in the top rank of the most important poets of our time.Author City: MENDOCINO, CA USA