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Underdog

Underdog In Underdog poet Katrina Roberts draws on wide ranging historical and cultural sources to consider questions of identity to ask us to meditate on how each of us is other native immigrant sojourner

  • Title: Underdog
  • Author: Katrina Roberts
  • ISBN: 9780295991047
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Underdog, poet Katrina Roberts draws on wide ranging historical and cultural sources to consider questions of identity, to ask us to meditate on how each of us is other native, immigrant, sojourner, alien and to examine our at once shared and foreign frontiers and margins Throughout the book, the writer s home becomes a palimpsest of characters erased and resurIn Underdog, poet Katrina Roberts draws on wide ranging historical and cultural sources to consider questions of identity, to ask us to meditate on how each of us is other native, immigrant, sojourner, alien and to examine our at once shared and foreign frontiers and margins Throughout the book, the writer s home becomes a palimpsest of characters erased and resurrected In boldly inventive poems, she addresses the lives of Chinese immigrants, the appeal of African Dogon tribal lore, the heroics and defeats of artists, canine astronauts, and Mexican farm laborers, to name just a few.Dramatic and lyrical, many poems become repositories for spells, memories, and tales Here landscapes are faces to be studied and memorized forgotten and overlooked legends and objects whether quotidian, pop cultural, ancient, or obscure , as well as characters from this planet and beyond, are retrieved and acknowledged Other poems are concise prismatic shards, refracting and seeking specific meaning and even beauty in a world that is often both unpredictable and inscrutable All are stitched together with unflinching compassion and a keen desire to bear witness, to comprehend something of the self s relevance in a global context.The poems, often meticulously researched, are elaborate matrices of associations, translations, re imaginings Age old mind body questions emerge how did we get here, these poems ask urgently, and in what ways will we carry on What does it mean to be and to belong in times of crisis They wonder at how individuals through the ages have handled, often with grace, tremendous injustice, and they seek to comprehend the mysteries of our perpetual migrations away from and toward each other.Their Flight is Practically SilentHe says one thing meaningits opposite Before water starts to run, an ache in the jaw leaves mespeechless A packet of photos each face has beencut out This one me, a child holding a waferof sky a robin s egg They used to say you haveher eyes Another wrists slashedby light, lifted to offer the world a melon, caught uphair in a twist off the shoulders, the neck, my neck impossible and elegant a swan s.Such grace shocks me Who is this That nightbefore the baby died barn owls calling acrossthe creek Did he say Hear them Neverto be born at all some peoplewould say not even a baby, not viable A small sound sizzle of baconcurling on a flat black pan, unseen His armsre crossed And this vesselmade of ash, this monument risingfrom dust I didn t want any of it and I said so.

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    1. My favorite of her books: all the incredible precision of language and specificity of emotion of her early work, but this one enriched by the pleasures and passions of motherhood. great stuff.

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