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In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems, 1961-1991 [Kindle Edition]

N. Scott Momaday

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"In the Presence of the Sun presents 30 years of selected works by [N. Scott] Momaday, the well-known Southwest Native American novelist. His unadorned poetry, which recounts fables and rituals of the Kiowa nation, conveys the deep sense of place of the Native American oral tradition. Here are dream-songs about animals (bear, bison, terrapin) and life away from urban alienation, an imagined re-creation based on Billy the Kid, prose poems about Plains Shields (and a fascinating discussion of their background), and new poems that utilize primary colors ('forms of the earth') to express instinctive continuities of a pre-Columbian vision." - Library Journal "The strong, spare beauty of In the Presence of the Sun is compelling evidence that Scott Momaday is one of the most versatile and distinguished artists in America today." - Peter Matthiessen ".. the images, the voices, the people are shadowy, elusive, burning with invention, like flames against a dark sky. For behind them is always the artist-author himself... a man with a sacred investiture. Strong medicine, strong art indeed." - The New York Times Book Review"

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"In the Presence of the Sun presents 30 years of selected works by [N. Scott] Momaday, the well-known Southwest Native American novelist. His unadorned poetry, which recounts fables and rituals of the Kiowa nation, conveys the deep sense of place of the Native American oral tradition. Here are dream-songs about animals (bear, bison, terrapin) and life away from urban alienation, an imagined re-creation based on Billy the Kid, prose poems about Plains Shields (and a fascinating discussion of their background), and new poems that utilize primary colors ('forms of the earth') to express instinctive continuities of a pre-Columbian vision."--Library Journal

"The strong, spare beauty of In the Presence of the Sun is compelling evidence that Scott Momaday is one of the most versatile and distinguished artists in America today."--Peter Matthiessen

". . . the images, the voices, the people are shadowy, elusive, burning with invention, like flames against a dark sky. For behind them is always the artist-author himself . . . a man with a sacred investiture. Strong medicine, strong art indeed."--The New York Times Book Review


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

N. Scott Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969 for his novel House Made of Dawn. Several of his books are available from UNM Press, including The Way to Rainy Mountain.

ACCLAIM

"The power in this book rests in the stories that are told. They were essential stories in 1969 when Momaday's first novel won the Pulitzer Prize, and they continue to be essential stories in our literature. In the Presence of the Sun is an essential book for both readers and teachers."
-- NewPages


"From poems about sacred animals to creation stories, [Momaday's] work evokes the spare beauty and simple truths of the Native American oral tradition....Sometimes described as one of the most distinguished artists of our time, Momaday once again establishes himself as an agile creative spirit who offers unrivaled perspectives."
-- New Mexico Magazine

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4898 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (16 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CHCZQIK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #959,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful poetry 25 Jan 2013
By C. D. Posey - Published on Amazon.com
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Momaday is a fantastic poet, his inspiring verse tells stories that embrace that part of each of us that connects to each other of us. Sometimes haunting, other times compelling, always richly delivered!
3.0 out of 5 stars Earth and I give you Turqoise 21 Jun 2013
By Chitwah - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Momaday is one of my favorite poets. I'm an old war (it was ignorant and wasteful and shameful) vet, and for most of my life I've had only a very few favorites, and two of them are Dr. Momaday's. His expression is something that truly approaches the Sacred when he unites Earth and Sky and the Loving Heart. For example, his poems "Earth and I gave you Turquoise" and "The Delight Song of Tsoai-Talee" are magic, magic words. The word selection, formalizing and utilizing American Indian, and specifically Diné, forms and values and senses, is simply magnificent.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars native american poetry and story's 17 Sep 2010
By Sandra Megerle - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. I have been trying to find out if this author published any poetry books. I especially enjoyed his poetry. I would like to obtain copies if he did.
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