Another Attempt at Rescue

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Mandy Smoker is a consummate storyteller whose writing is a blessing, an antidote to the poison force-fed to Indian young people.

 

Here are songs, prayers “to be let loose with comb and water,” from a poet who knows the stories of her land. The sound of coyotes singing songs backwards (“everyone knows what that means”). The plateaus, etched out by “the shape of our unspoken names.” A town remembered for the dead wolves stacked high by the railroad tracks (“you build such strange monuments to yourselves”). A serious wind setting off small tornadoes. A grizzly digging into a fallen tree and the gaunt faces of antelope “unafraid in the red glow of taillights.” A place so familiar that people “drive down to the river/ and guess what belongs to who/ as the trash floats by.” Mandy Smoker is a consummate storyteller who writes words that are sometimes harsh, sometimes achingly beautiful, always truth-telling. Another Attempt at Rescue is a blessing, an antidote to the poison force-fed to Indian young people.

 

Author: M.L. Smoker (Assiniboine/Sioux)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2005

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Assiniboine/Sioux