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Woven Stone (Sun Tracks, Vol. 21) What I do as a writer, teacher, and storyteller is to demystify language, says Simon Ortiz Widely regarded as one of the country's most important Native American poets, Ortiz has led a thirtyyear career marked by a fascination with language—and by a love of his people This omnibus of three previous works offers old and new readers an appreciation of the fruits of his dedicationGoing for the Rainexpresses closeness to a specific Native American way of life and its philosophy and is structured in the narrative form of a journey on the road of life A Good Journey , an evocation of Ortiz's constant awareness of his heritage, draws on the oral tradition of his Pueblo culture Fight Back: For the Sake of the People, For the Sake of the Land —revised for this volume—has its origins in his work as a laborer in the uranium industry and is intended as a political observation and statement about that industry's effects on Native American lands and lives In an introduction written for this volume, Ortiz tells of his boyhood in Acoma Pueblo, his early love for language, his education, and his exposure to the wider world He traces his development as a writer, recalling his attraction to the Beats and his growing political awareness, especially a consciousness of his and other people's social struggle Native American writers must have an individual and communally unified commitment to their art and its relationship to their indigenous culture and people, writes Ortiz Through our poetry, prose, and other written works that evoke love, respect, and responsibility, Native Americans may be able to help the United States of America to go beyond survival Great collection Honest, solid and brutal. I love Simon Ortiz I love his voice, his stories, and they way his stories unfold in poetry I also love how he is talking to the reader as if he is sitting around the campfire passing along the oral tradition And I he has given me lasting appreciation for Coyote I serendipitously found him after traveling through a lot of the locations he refers to in his poems The sense of place is one I can identify with. A Native New Mexican writes beautiful poetry about then history of his people. Thanks to Ian Derf Salvaña, my tough prof, for this great poetry collection.The same day chases the night all throughout time's passing While you breathe, feel the sky's breathing in its occasional rain Go for the downpour In the city In the barrio Towards the the mountains vast deep seas Listen to the sun's stories of the moon, in the night, tell her of his longing, of his love Go for the rain.Kuya Sir Ian7/9/2019, Davao CityQuotables from the book's intro:Just as it claimed land and sovereignty, American society and culture can claim your soul.Essentially, I denied [alcohol], which is a way of protecting against it pretending it wasn't there causing it to have an unnecessary mystique and a real power psychologically This power and mystique, strangely to alcoholics and potential alcoholics becomes a magnet; its very appeal seems to be its fearful nature, which says something about alcoholism being a disease of insanity.Ethnocentrism, or tribalism, among Native Americans is an outcome of racism and colonialism.I believe that being real in a real world is loving and respecting myself.Quotable lines/Poems I liked:Among the things I would requireof you is that you should relishthe good wheat bread your mother makes,taking care tha you should thinkhow her hands move, kneading the dough,shaping it with her concern,and how you were formed and grew in her.Forming the ChildThere were movement in the water which were our reflections and the tiny water beings that lived there.I have felt the child's flutter at the small of my back,the mother's belly pressed against me.The child is a butterfly cupped in the Mother's hands.When it rains in a soft wind,it feels so goodThe Expectant FatherGrandmother Spider speakslaughter and growingand weaving thingsand threading themtogether to make lifeto wear;all these, all theseTo Insure SurvivalLanguageOne single universe,Iamonly a little.FIRST SONG, Four Bird SongsAn old stonewas an old blue,FOURTH SONG, Four Bird SongsTime and Motion and SpaceThe PoetMy Father's SongToward Spider SpringsBlues Song for the Phoenix Bus Depot Derelict 'What would you say that the main themeof your poetry is?''To put it as simply as possible,I say it this way: to recognizethe relationships I share with everything.' Many Farms Notes21 August '71 IndianBusride ConversationLast NightI Told You I Like IndiansI don't think the sky will fall today,but I need a few surprises badly.Notes on the Steps of the San Diego Bus DepotThe last of the firelight dimmed awayand the Milky Way swept so quietly byand so far away.Hesperus Camp, July 13, Indian 1971Under L.A International Airport (from A San Diego Poem: JanuaryFebruary 1973Raho would say,'Look, Dad.' A hawksweeping its wingsclear through the blueof whole and pure the wind the skyEarth and Rain, The Plants SunPoutLie on your back on stone,the stone carved to fitthe shape of yourself.Who made it like this,knowing that I would be alongin a million years and lookat the sky being blue forever?Canyon de ChellyThere's always something that you almostdid that you should have doneCherry Pie (from Poems from the Veterans Hospital)This Song: Beating The Heartbeat Heard these poems at bedtime for the last several weeks and didn't get restless or too sleepy This is a beautiful volume of poems by an interesting man. Storytelling from the myths and legends of the Acoma oral tradition, full of wisdome and continuing relevance for the present era, side by side with chronicles of the struggles of ordinary AmericanIndian people to defend themselves and their land against the ravages of the U.S state and multinational corporations. Simon Ortiz uses the tradition of storyteller to record cultural themes running through the rich oral tradition of the Native American pueblos As many of the oral stories are songs and chants, they lend themselves readily to poetry Woven Stone combines 3 previous colllections of poetry and essays Ortiz writes the heritage of his people, referring often to past historical events, and uses his own experiences of attaining an education and looking for work as metaphor for the continued struggles of Native Americans He attempts to integrate the ancient legends and myths into contemporary American society There is a strong political bent to many of his poems In A Designated National Park, Oritz writes about a sign outside Montezuma Castle, Arizona, which describes the entrance fees.This morning,I have to buy a permit to get back homeI found his poems about the uranium mines on Native land, and their effect on the landscape and people, to be extremely powerful.Woven Stone


About the Author: Simon J. Ortiz

Simon J Ortiz is a Puebloan writer of the Acoma Pueblo tribe, and one of the key figures in the second wave of what has been called the Native American Renaissance He is one of the most respected and widely read Native American poets.After a three year stint in the U.S military, Ortiz enrolled at the University of New Mexico There, he discovered few ethnic voices within the American literature


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