Rest Here (new book reviews)
March 21, 2019
When Lara lifts John Trudell’s voice she lifts her own. “We’re not taught about our personal relationship to power. We’re not taught about our relationship to the Great Spirit. Recognizing power is what you have to do. When you recognize it, you exercise it. You can’t take back what they have already taken but you can stop the taking of your power, once you recognize it.” She lifts her own voice as she investigates the absence of Indian history, the erasure of Indian lives, the loss of Indian identity in many ways including adoption.
Lara lifts mostly directly through her poetry in “Masks” and “I Shook” and “When a trickle… becomes a river.. then a flood” and “I Wasn’t Ready For Her To Die” and most powerfully in “Ghost Shell.” It’s hard to leave the impact of her words behind.
She writes, “a good poet would never let a good catastrophe go to waste.” She shares the Hopi prophecy, “Now is the time, we are the ones we have been waiting for.” In all her powerful, hip-hop-like words, her closing statements resonate. In them Lara writes,
“All our suffering is mutual.
All our healing is mutual.
All our thriving is mutual.”
⟿Thank you Laura, brilliant poet author of BLACKBIRD... here
Three of my new poems were posted HERE in Cloud Women's Quarterly!
Mental Midgets contains a moving tribute to Native American musician, poet, philosopher and activities John Trudell, who died in 2015.
General themes covered in both books are colonization, the survival and resistance of indigenous people and the attitude of hopeful resistance all of us need to survive the barbarity and insanity of advanced industrial capitalism.
There are also thought-provoking quotations from fellow dissidents Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Lev Tolstoy, Chris Hedges, Kurt Vonnegot and Neil Young.
It’s the type of book I envision re-reading repeatedly over coming months and years.
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