Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Winter 2017 by Macmillan

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whereas poems layli long soldier the astonishing powerful debut by the winner of a 2016 whiting writers award whereas her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be lakota therein the question what did i know about being lakota signaled panic blood rush my embarrassment what did i know of our language but pieces would i teach her to be pieces until a friend comforted don’t worry you and your daughter will learn together today she stood sunlight on her shoulders lean and straight to share a song in diné her father’s language to sing she motions simultaneously with her hands i watch her be in multiple musics poetry —from “whereas statements” graywolf press 3/7/2017 9781555977672 $16.00 $22.99 can trade paperback 114 pages carton qty 0 9 in h 7 in w brit trans audio dram graywolf press 1st ser author c/o graywolf press whereas confronts the coercive language of the united states government in its responses treaties and apologies to native american peoples and tribes and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators through a virtuosic array of short lyrics prose poems longer narrative sequences resolutions and disclaimers layli long soldier has created a brilliantly innovative text to examine histories landscapes her own writing and her predicament inside national affiliations “i am,” she writes “a citizen of the united states and an enrolled member of the oglala sioux tribe meaning i am a citizen of the oglala lakota nation—and in this dual citizenship i must work i must eat i must art i must mother i must friend i must listen i must observe constantly i must live.” this strident marketing author tour national publicity targeted poetry advertising bookseller outreach social media campaign feature on graywolf website layli long soldier received a 2015 lannan fellowship for poetry a 2015 national artist fellowship from the native arts and cultures foundation and a 2016 whiting writers award she lives in arizona and teaches at diné college praise “i was blown away by layli long soldier’s whereas—inspired by its trenchant beautiful thinking about the relationship between political speech and literature’s capacity to write back and write back long soldier does with a sensibility so sure of itself that i find myself simply standing back in admiration.” —maggie nelson 63 paperback original graywolf press march 2017