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March 12, 2000
Yesterday in the flare of smoke and temper-- we were brilliant warriors weary from battling each other-- the illuminations of family ghosts bright red in the storm. The century is swept toward an inevitable end-- as summer trees sway beneath thunderclouds, the wind flattening our faces-- Our teeth make refuge for our tongues, skins pulled tight in the vertigo of fear under unbearable pressure. We go on. * From "A Map To the Next World" by Joy Harjo (W.W. Norton: 142 pp., $22.95)
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March 12, 2000
Yesterday in the flare of smoke and temper-- we were brilliant warriors weary from battling each other-- the illuminations of family ghosts bright red in the storm. The century is swept toward an inevitable end-- as summer trees sway beneath thunderclouds, the wind flattening our faces-- Our teeth make refuge for our tongues, skins pulled tight in the vertigo of fear under unbearable pressure. We go on. * From "A Map To the Next World" by Joy Harjo (W.W. Norton: 142 pp., $22.95)
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November 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
Humorist Garrison Keillor is launching a five-show radio series next year on Minnesota Public Radio called "Literary Friendships." Each show will feature two noted writers who also are close friends, discussing their craft and their relationship. Keillor said he was inspired by famous literary companions such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, or Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder. "All the legends have to do with suffering solo -- the lonely, misunderstood writer," he said.
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February 10, 1989 | PENELOPE MOFFET
Eagle Poem To pray you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon To one whole voice that is you. And know there is more That you can't see, can't hear Can't know except in moments Steadily growing, and in languages That aren't always sound but other Circles of motion. Like eagle that Sunday morning Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky In wind, swept our hearts clean With sacred wings.
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March 21, 2009 | F. Kathleen Foley
The latest offering in the Autry's Native Voices series, Joy Harjo's "Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light," begins with a creation myth. Harjo tells us how trickster Rabbit creates a clay man, more out of whimsy than for any real purpose. But Rabbit's prank backfires. The clay man's insatiable hunger for game, for women, for all the riches of the Earth, soon throws the universe out of balance. It is only belatedly that Rabbit realizes his fatal mistake: He has fashioned the clay man with no ears.
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September 13, 1987 | Louis D. Owens, Owens is the author of "American Indian Novelists." and
Beginning as far back as 1927 with Mourning Dove's novel, "Cogewea: The Half-Blood," American Indian writing in this century has been primarily the realm of the mixed blood bent on articulating an identity within the tense no man's land that lies between cultures.
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February 21, 1988 | Louis Owens, Owens is the author of "American Indian Novelists" (Garland).
In her poem, "Grandfather at the Indian Health Clinic," Elizabeth Cook-Lynn writes of an old man dignified by age and "averse to / an unceremonious world." Cook-Lynn's words might serve as epigraph to "Harper's Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry." For the 37 poets collected here, poetry seems often a tool for investing the world with vital ceremony, and poetry-as-ceremony becomes in these poems a way of survival.
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March 16, 2000
Mammothfest at the Page Museum celebrates all things having to do with the woolly mammoth. This two-day event will include mammoth-oriented storytelling and arts-and-crafts activities for kids. Films about mammoth expeditions will be screened; educational information about these extinct ancestors of the modern elephant will be available. * Mammothfest, Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6; students and seniors, $3.
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January 16, 1990 | CORRINE FLOCKEN
Even in the enlightened '90s, for many of us the mention of poetry readings summons mental images of stiff-backed chairs and starchy verse, or the bongo-beating beatniks of the '50s. Not so, says Michael Logue, co-founder of Poets Reading Inc. The nonprofit group, which hosts a popular series of poetry and prose readings at the Fullerton Museum Center, will add a second program beginning tonight at Tustin's LP Repertory Theatre.
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April 28, 1994 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Harvey Korman, Don Adams, Don Knotts, Tom Poston, Shelley Berman, Bill Dana, Ronnie Schell and other comedy greats will present a benefit show Saturday at Santa Barbara's Arlington Theatre. The group will be joined by the Donn Trenner Quartet, and television producers Sam Denoff ("The Dick Van Dyke Show") and Howard Storm ("Mork and Mindy"). The show will benefit the Holiday Project, a national nonprofit organization that sends volunteers to hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions.
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October 15, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
PEN Center USA's 23rd annual literary awards festival went off without a hitch at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Monday night -- except for the small fact that its lifetime achievement award winner, Joan Didion, was not in attendance. "Unfortunately, Joan Didion's doctor advised her at the last minute that she could not travel to Los Angeles," PEN said in a statement Tuesday. On Monday night, it was California Gov. Jerry Brown who delivered the news, taking the podium early in the night.
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