The Book of Medicines

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The poems in The Book of Medicines together become a prayer for healing—of self, between people, and for the earth—and rebirth.

Available in paperback only.  Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), The Book of Medicines. 1993.

Hogan’s spare, direct and evocative poems here reflect a concern for the earth (“This is the world without end/ where forests have been cut away from their trees"), for earth’s creatures (“This is the land/ where whales were mountains”) and for all things ("I want the world to be kinder. / I am a woman./ I am afraid"). Here is an homage to a chambered nautilus (“the curve of sea lives in it”), to hollow bamboo (“a darkened forest/ of sisters who grow quickly/ in moving water”), to salt (“the rich world/ that skirts all bodies/ of land and skin”). The poems in The Book of Medicines together become a prayer for healing—of self, between people, and for the earth—and rebirth.