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Doll with Two Backs, The

Maurice Harmon

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ISBN 10: 1903392454 / ISBN 13: 9781903392454
Published by Salmon Publishing, 2007
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Title: Doll with Two Backs, The

Publisher: Salmon Publishing

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Within memories of colonial invasion and tribal breakdown, The Doll with Two Backs tells the story of failed friendship between a Native American girl and a visiting Irish academic. In a many-layered work echoing with literary and historical allusions the `Prelude' sounds the motifs of myths of origin, religious beliefs and oral narrative, while the main movement, `Broken Lights, Broken Lances, ' explores these issues in more detail. Failure, the recurrent trope, is sounded in images of tribal collapse, in the mixture of hope and elegy attending the relationship between teacher and student and in the failure of the imagination to absorb the deposits of myth and story. It is in keeping with this failure that the friendship ends. In the stillness that ensues the poet-teacher searches for understanding. An answer may be found in the work itself. A poem about the conjunction of dissimilar forces is a metaphor for the task of the imagination: to make sense of disorder, to bring harmony to the ""broken lights"" of tradition. Well-crafted, graceful lyrics in Part Two deal with persistence and failure, the cruelties and fears of childhood, the joys and disappointments of love, and the strength of memory.

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