Monahsetah, Resistance and Other Markings on Turtle's Back: A Lyric History in Poems and Essays


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Mongrel Empire Press
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6.0 X 0.46 X 9.0 inches | 0.66 pounds

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About the Author

Chad Sweeney was born in Norman, Oklahoma. He is the author of AN ARCHITECTURE (BlazeVOX, 2007) and A Mirror to Shatter the Hammer (Tarpaulin Sky, 2006). Chosen for Best American Poetry 2008 by Charles Wright, Sweeney's work has appeared in journals such as Barrow Street, Crazyhorse, New American Writing, Verse, Colorado Review, Hunger Mountain, Black Warrior Review, Passages North, RUNES, and AMERICAN LETTERS & COMMENTAR. He edits Parthenon West Review with David Holler, and is the editor of Days I MOVED THROUGH ORDINARY SOUNDS (City Lights, 2009), an anthology of poetry, fiction and memoir by the teaching artists of the national WritersCorps. With Mojdeh Marashi, Sweeney translated a book of Iranian poetry, Arghavaan, Selected Poems of H.E. Sayeh, for which he was awarded a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma and an MFA in poetry from San Francisco State University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in literature/poetry at Western Michigan University, where he teaches creative writing and serves as assistant editor for New Issues Press. He lives in Kalamazoo with his wife, poet Jennifer Kochanek Sweeney.


Lisa Tatonetti in a World Literature Today review, praises Monahsetah, Resistance and other Markings on Turtle's Back, saying, "Maurice Kenny's final collection, Monahsetah, offers readers more than just the last words of a major figure in Indigenous literature--it is by turns a poetic history and a poignant walk through shards of personal and collective memory. Kenny's significance as a poet, short fiction writer, editor, and mentor cannot be overstated . . . [T]his beautifully assembled collection showcases the undiminished power of Kenny's poetic voice, reminding us of the impact and reach of his literary genius."