Instruments of the True Measure: Poems Volume 83

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University of Arizona Press
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About the Author

Laura Da' is a poet and public school teacher. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da' studied creative writing at the University of Washington and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Eastern Shawnee. Her first book, Tributaries, won a 2016 American Book Award. In 2015, Da' was a Made at Hugo House Fellow and a Jack Straw Fellow. She lives near Seattle with her husband and son.


"Da' vividly re-creates the brutal wilderness that was nineteenth-century America and tracks the perpetuation of violence: human against human, nation against nation, human against nature."--Booklist

"[Instruments of the True Measure] achieves an almost claustrophobic coherence as Da' elaborates a metaphoric system that binds arithmetic, cartography, Indian removal, and personal legacy."--Publishers Weekly

"Laura Da' aligns 'cross-hatchings on a map' with blood memory to create a cartography of resistance. Da's vivid poems awaken startling clarity in understanding American history's imprint upon our bodies--and that we, too, are 'quartered' by its wrath. Instruments of the True Measure is a necessary journey, a must-read."--Sherwin Bitsui

"Da' juxtaposes birth, removal, loss, illness, and survival with linguistic precision, carrying us deep into the story of America's beginning in a wholly new way."--Karenne Wood

"'Negotiating these phantom obliterations on map vellum' along the lines where Tecumseh stamped earthquake fault, sure, Da' delivers a poetic sincere to the equations of time, space, place, and footing on this immaculate journey in soul-shaking, killer verse. Looking for a contender? This is it."--Allison Adelle Hedge Coke