The Rock Island Hiking Club by Ray A. Young Bear

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The narrator in this latest collection of poems by Ray Young Bear is alter ego and spiritual seeker Edgar Bearchild, who balances the hapless polarities of life in the Black Eagle Child Settlement with wry humor, a powerful intelligence, and the occasional designer drug. Bearchild is forever infused with revelations both modern and ancient, forever influenced by tribal history, animism, supernaturalism, religion, and mythology.

Whether faced with tragedy or comedy, Bearchild lives in a world replete with signs and portents, from the Lazy-Boy recliner that visually accesses a faraway crime to the child's handprint that mysteriously appears on a frosty ladder. Edgar and his wife, Selene Buffalo Husband, and the other members of the Black Eagle Child Settlement create and recreate prophecies that "quietly wait and glow" in the "mythical darkness that would follow the stories".


About Ray A. Young Bear

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Young Bear, poet, novelist, and performing artist, is a tribal member of the Meskwaki Nation of central Iowa.
Published June 15, 2001 by University Of Iowa Press. 68 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With its careful synthesis of parable and epic, this fourth major collection by Young Bear creates a stage upon which ancestral voices maneuver into futurity in humorous and compelling ways.

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