Claiming Breath (North American Indian Prose Award)

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Like poets of legend, Diane Glancy has spent much of her life on the road. For years she supported her family by driving throughout Oklahoma and Arkansas teaching poetry in the schools. Claiming Breath is an account of one of those years, what Glancy calls “a winter count of sorts, a calendar, a diary of personal matters . . . and a final acceptance of the broken past. . . . It’s a year that covers more than a year.”

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Diane Glancy teaches creative writing and Native American literature at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her collections of poetry, Iron Woman, and of short fiction, Trigger Dance, have also won major prizes.

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Claiming Breath is a collage composed of the notes, poems, and thoughts written in the course of a year in Diane Glancy's life. It is a year in which she reflects on her marriage and divorce, confronts her mother's death after a three-year battle with cancer, and explores the conflicts and similarities of her Cherokee heritage and her Christian beliefs. As a representative for the Oklahoma State Art Council, she spends long hours driving to schools to "teach" poetry to the children, and as she drives, many thoughts occur to her. Diane Glancy's art is her poetry, words are her palette: "The word is important in Native American tradition. You speak the path on which you walk. Your words make the trail." This multi-faceted woman allows you to peer over her shoulder as she explores her "memories & their relational aspects to the present." With insights that are engaging and thought-provoking, she questions what it is to be a Native American, a poet, a Christian, a woman, and she challenges her readers: "Aren't all of us made up of paradox and diversity, anger, hurt, hope, guilt, endurance?" Claiming Breath is a free flow of thoughts, written in a note-taking style very similar to personal journal entries, which includes incomplete sentences and occasional lack of punctuation. It is a style which suits and illuminates Diane Glancy's own curiosities and opinions and can open new visions and reinforce personal philosophies for readers. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Holly Smith

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