9780143034391

Riding the Earthboy Forty

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  • ISBN13:

    9780143034391

  • ISBN10:

    0143034391

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-10-31
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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Summary

Now with an introduction from celebrated poet James Tate, Riding the Earthboy 40is the only volume of poetry written by acclaimed Native American novelist James Welch. The title of the book refers to the forty acres of Montana land Welch’s father once leased from a Blackfeet family called Earthboy. This land and its surroundings shaped the writer’s worldview as a youth, its rawness resonates in the vitality of his elegant poetry, and his verse shows a great awareness of a moment in time, of a place in nature, and of the human being in context. Deeply evoking the specific Native American experience in Montana, Welch’s poems nonetheless speak profoundly to all readers. With its new introduction, this vital work that has influenced so many American writers is certain to capture a new generation of readers.

Author Biography

James Welch (1940-ű2003) was the author of six books, including the novel Fools Crow, which won an American Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He attended schools on the Blackfeet and Fort Belknap reservations in Montana and studied writing at the University of Montana under the legendary writing teacher Richard Hugo.

James Tate-'s honors include a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Poetry and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
James Tate
KNIVES
Magic Fox
3(1)
Verifying the Dead
4(1)
Song for the Season
5(1)
Dreaming Winter
6(1)
Toward Dawn
7(1)
Blue Like Death
8(1)
Crystal
9(1)
Picnic Weather
10(1)
Directions to the Nomad
11(1)
Gesture Down to Guatemala
12(1)
Life Support System
13(1)
The World's Only Corn Palace
14(1)
Arizona Highways
15(2)
Night Hawk
17(1)
Trestles by the Blackfoot
18(3)
THE RENEGADE WANTS WORDS
In My First Hard Springtime
21(1)
Christmas Comes to Moccasin Flat
22(1)
In My Lifetime
23(1)
Spring for All Seasons
24(1)
There Are Silent Legends
25(1)
Harlem, Montana: Just Off the Reservation
26(2)
Riding the Earthboy 40
28(1)
Going to Remake This World
29(1)
Plea to Those Who Matter
30(1)
The Man from Washington
31(1)
Blackfeet, Blood and Piegan Hunters
32(1)
The Last Priest Didn't Even Say Goodbye
33(1)
D-Y Bar
34(1)
The Only Bar in Dixon
35(1)
Thanksgiving at Snake Butte
36(1)
The Renegade Wants Words
37(4)
DAY AFTER CHASING PORCUPINES
Day After Chasing Porcupines
41(1)
Surviving
42(1)
Snow Country Weavers
43(1)
Visit
44(1)
Dancing Man
45(1)
Birth on Range 18
46(1)
The Wrath of Lester Lame Bull
47(1)
There is a Right Way
48(1)
Getting Things Straight
49(1)
The Versatile Historian
50(3)
THE DAY THE CHILDREN TOOK OVER
The Day the Children Took Over
53(1)
Call to Arms
54(1)
Two for the Festival
55(1)
You Gone, the King Dead
56(1)
Day to Make Up Incompletes
57(1)
Counting Clouds
58(2)
Grandma's Man
60(2)
Gravely
62(1)
Grandfather at the Rest Home
63(1)
Legends Like This
64(1)
Lady in a Distant Face
65(2)
Never Give a Bum an Even Break
67

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