The Rock Island Hiking Club

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The narrator in this 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 humour, powerful intelligence, and the occasional designer drug.

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Poet, novelist, and performing artist Ray Young Bear is a tribal member of the Meskwaki Nation of central Iowa. He is the author of Winter of the Salamander, The Invisible Musician, Black Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives (Iowa, 1992), and Remnants of the First Earth.

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Young Bear's elegiac POETRY contains several meanings communal, historical, sacred that taken together depict the consciousness of tribal peoples in modern society. In his fourth book of POETRY (e.g., Winter of the Salamander), Young Bear documents a society in which the real (Lazy-Boy, Wal-Mart bags) and the animistic (Bear-King, Grandmother Earth) coexist as irreconcilable polarities. The intelligent voice of the speaker expresses "mute" and "inaccessible" experiences of an earthy, sensitive people scourged by suffering. Mostly plot-oriented, all of the 23 poems portray "a phantasmagoric union" between "deities" and "old stories" of the Meskwaki Tribal Settlement and the stark natural world of central Iowa. Young Bear describes, in vivid detail, how personal and tribal histories intersect. For instance, one of the poems tells the story of a father and grandfather confronted with isolation in the "tribal homeland" upon returning from World War I battlefields as "decorated heroes." "Self-assessment" centers around the burden of "centuries of misery." Daring and thoughtful, this collection is recommended for all libraries. Frank Allen, Northampton Community Coll., Tannersville, PA
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