1st printing jacket blurbs from Terry Tempest Williams and Leslie Marmon Silko. Ortiz has been cited as the inspiration for many of the upcoming Native American writers who are making such an impact on writing today. Very uncommon signature 0.0. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Highway 18 between Mission and Okreek, South Dakota, is a stretch of no more than eighteen miles, but late at night or in a blizzard it seems endless. "It feels like being somewhere between South Dakota and 'there,'" says Simon Ortiz, "perhaps at the farthest reaches of the galaxy." Acoma Pueblo poet Ortiz spent a winter in South Dakota, teaching at Sinte Gleska College on the Rosebud Lakota Sioux Reservation. The bitter cold and driving snow of a prairie winter were a reality commanding his attention through its absolute challenge to survival and the meaning of survival. Ortiz's way of dealing with the hard elements of winter was to write After and Before the Lightning, prose and verse poems that were his response to that long season between the thunderstorms of autumn and spring. "I needed a map of where I was and what I was doing in the cosmos," he writes. In these poems, which he regards as a book-length poetic work, he charts the vast spaces of prairie and time that often seem indistinguishable. As he faces the reality of winter on the South Dakota reservation, he also confronts the harsh political reality for its Native community and culture and for Indian people everywhere. "Writing this poetry reconnected me to the wonder and awe of life," Ortiz states emphatically. Readers will feel the reality of that wonder and awe—and the cold of that South Dakota winter—through the gentle ferocity of his words.
About the Author: Poet, fiction writer, essayist, and storyteller Simon Ortiz is a native of Acoma Pueblo and is the author of numerous books.
Title: After and Before The Lightning
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication Date: 1994
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description University of Arizona Press. Hardcover. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2526561328
Book Description The University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 1994. Hard Cover. First Edition. 1st ed, 1st printing (number line); 8vo; purple cloth; vg+ (spine ends bumped) in vg+ dj (light wear and bumping to edges); SIGNED by Ortiz on the ffep; 135pp. Signed. Seller Inventory # 13718
Book Description University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 1994. Hard Cover. First Edition. Near Fine in NrFine dust jacket. One light half-moon scuff on front cover. Ortiz signature on first free endpaper. These poems represent the author's musings between autum and spring on the Lakota Sioux Reservation. Ortiz is a Acoma Pueblo native. Signed. Seller Inventory # 14008
Book Description University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Book and BroDart protected jacket are without faults. This book of poetry is signed by Simon Ortiz on the title page. First edition / first printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # PC 36-24