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 four books of poetry: OUT OF THE BONES OF EARTH (Wild Ocean Press, 2015), Light At The Edge (Pygmy Forest Press, 1993), BEYOND THE CIRCUMSTANCE OF SIGHT (Wild Ocean, 2009), and RED WILLOW PEOPLE (Wild Ocean Press, 2010), the latter awarded the 2011 PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry Award. Other awards include the 2014 Barbara Mandigo Kelley Poetry Peace Prize from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, the Women's Global Leadership Poetry Prize, a California Arts Council Award, the Hawaii Council on Humanities International Poetry Prize, and poetry fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Hawthornden Castle, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies and she has taught poetry workshops in France, Mexico and the United States, and Poetry in the Schools through the California Poets In Schools Program. She directed the Mendocino Coast Poets Reading Series with funding from the James Irvine Foundation.Author City: MENDOCINO, CA USA