Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe) is an enrolled member of the Minnesota
Chippewa Tribe and grew up on the White Earth Reservation. She worked
as a journalist before enrolling in graduate school, and...
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Absentee Indians and Other Poems
Indians and Other Poems evokes personal yet
universal experiences of the places that
Native Americans call home, their family and
national histories, and the emotional forces that
help forge Native American identities. These are
poems of exile, loss, and the celebration of that
which remains. Anchored in the physical
landscape, Blaeser’s poetry finds the sacred in
ordinary actions that bind a community together.
As Blaeser turns to the mysterious passage
from sleeping to wakefulness, or from nature to
spirit, she reveals not merely the movement from
one age or place to another, but the movement
from experience to vision.
“Absentee Indians is a wondrous book of
home and that aching longing for home we carry
within us as we travel life’s highways. Kimberly
Blaeser shows an uncommon warmth and
deep, lyrical beauty in her visions. This is a
remarkably moving collection of
—Adrian C. Louis, author of Ancient Acid Flashes
Back and Ceremonies of the Damned
In the Time of the Present, Maurice Kenny,
Nickel Eclipse: Iroquois Moon, Eric Gansworth,
The Feathered Heart, Mark Turcotte,
American Indian Studies Series
128 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", October 2002