After and Before the Lightning

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This volume of poems comes from a winter during which Ortiz lived and worked on the Rosebud reservation in South Dakota.

 

This volume of poems comes from a winter—“after the last thunder and lightning and before the first thunder and lightning”—during which Ortiz lived and worked, teaching at Sinte Gleska College on the Rosebud reservation in South Dakota. Surrounded by the challenge of extreme cold and the knowledge that the “reality of a South Dakota winter demanded to be dealt with,” Ortiz found his “poetry reconnecting my life to all Existence with a sense of wonder and awe” like that of the Lakota people, who “know the harshness of this reality... and... the sacred beauty of the prairie homeland which they regard with wonder and awe.”

 

Author: Simon Ortiz (Acoma)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1994

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Pueblo (Acoma), Lakota