Corpse Whale: Volume 73


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University of Arizona Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.3 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

dg nanouk okpik is a resident advisor at Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico. Her poetry appears in the books Effigies: An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing, and Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas.


"In Corpse Whale, okpik has layered old Inuit land knowledge with an old English-language poetic mode to form something wholly new. . . . an invigorating read."

"Unlike poets who adopt cultures into which they weren't born, or raised, okpik, who has fished the waters of which she writes so eloquently, has something rare these days: an authentic voice, one that nets ancient beliefs without disgarding modern science or the daily news."--Poetica

"Corpse Whale is a refreshing departure from many of the tropes we see in contemporary poetry. It is an emotive illumination into a corner of the world we so rarely get a glimpse of. Intimate and storied, okpik's work ushers us into a new poetic topography that is both imaginative and necessary."--Matthew Shenoda, author of Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone

"dg okpik's remarkable prowess in literary composition, in curating silence and space, presents a vessel of breath ripe with a singing, resonant and clear. Suspended with an undercurrent, a waving future steeped in thawing history gleaned for immediacy, a presence, [okpik's poetry] is incredibly impressive and mindfully engaging. This book is a wave of consciousness from an extraordinary human being bringing us home. Nothing like it before, now suddenly essential, like an earthquake uproots soapstone, a part of us was always here, and okpik insists we relax into it and feel this flow. Fall in, don't look back. You need this. You do."--Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, editor of Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas

"How many new old worlds and times we inhabit in dg okpik's poems! 'Is this the way to the earth?' she asks, inviting us to dive right through the icy depths with her, scanning, roaming. We learn that it is not just time but all worlds that are contemporaneous in the mind. Haunted by the past, present, and future in several forms and selves, we begin to understand the healing of these poems is to put time back into itself. In a multiplicity of presence the poet watches her other move through time, enacting these stories as the months turn and turn again, renewed and ancient in their language."--Eleni Sikélianòs, author of Body Clock