Poetry. Among the Saami/reindeer people a yoik is sung to calm a reindeer or a baby. It is sung to build community. Cooperation. To travel to the other world. Locate lost objects. Restore health. Express feelings. A yoik is not so much a song as it is the voice. It speaks to the land, tells us we are all connected. The poems in Yoik, too, connect us to the plants, the animals, possibly a future.Jim Johnson is the current Poet Laureate of Duluth, Minnesota.
Jim Johnson has published seven books of poetry: Finns In Minnesota Midwinter and A Field Guide To Blueberries (North Star Press), Wolves (New Rivers Press), Dovetailed Corners (Holy Cow! Press), The Coop Label (Dovetailed Press), DRIVING GRAVEL ROADS (Red Dragonfly Press, 2009) and THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA (Red Dragonfly Press, 2012). He has taught in the Duluth public schools and at the College of St. Scholastica. He was the 2008-2010 Duluth Poet Laureate, and is currently serving a second term.Author City: DULUTH, MN USA