WHEREAS

WHEREAS

The astonishing, powerful debut by the winner of a 2016 Whiting Writers' Award

WHEREAS her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota therein the question: What did I know about being Lakota? Signaled panic, blood rush my embarrassment. What did I know of our language but pieces? Would I teach her to be pieces? Until a friend comforted, Don’t worry, you and your daughter will learn together. Today she stood sunlight on her shoulders… (more)

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“Whereas” challenges the making and maintenance of an empire by transforming the page to withstand the tension of an occupied body, country and, specifically, an occupied language.


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Publisher: Graywolf Press (March 07, 2017)

Collection: Graywolf Press

Language: English

Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry 2017 winner


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