Leaving Tulsa: Volume 75

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Price
$15.95
Publisher
University of Arizona Press
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Pages
88
Dimensions
5.9 X 8.8 X 0.3 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780816522361
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About the Author

Jennifer Elise Foerster has an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and she was Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Widely published in journals and anthologies, Foerster is of German, Dutch, and Muscogee descent and a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.

Reviews

"Part coming-of-age story, part road elegy, part history, part magic, Leaving Tulsa scorches the boundaries of time, place, and self as the speaker both explores and challenges her Muscogee and European heritage within a contested America."--Missouri Review

"For a book that unfurled like a wild, restless road trip, I took great delight in Jennifer Foerster's Leaving Tulsa. Sensuous, generous, full of beginnings and endings, this map of America flapping in the dark meditates on Foerster's Muskegee ancestry, the American prairie, the loss of her grandmother's land, and her shard-like rediscovery in California."--Tess Taylor, NPR

"Foerster has her own voice and an ability to shift that voice to show past, present, mythic time, dream landscape and a myriad of other states of mind. Themes of cultural recovery, in particular among Muskoge/Creek, and negotiation of female experience carry throughout the collection. The poems are lyrical and intense."--Heid E. Erdrich, author of Cell Traffic

"'An atlas / on the underside of my dream, ' writes Jennifer Elise Foerster. In these sharp, visceral poems, she journeys through the American landscape and maps what has burned and vanished and yet persists. This is a book of endings and beginnings, of immediate memory and urgent, lyrical insight."--Arthur Sze

"In her poetry, Foerster defines the indefinable, and makes the indefinable, the invisible, present. It is that place, between the worlds, so to speak, this in-betweeness, where words spoken have much to say and the words unspoken are left for a reader to fill. Poetry par excellence, then, poetry that has beauty, power of images and emotions, poetry that invites you to take a journey into the unknown."--Sonja Kravanja, translator of Tomaz Salamun's On the Tracks of Wild Game

"Wow. This first book of poems by Jennifer Foerster reminds me of the urgent vision fueling Kerouac's On the Road. The road is a demanding being. Foerster spins her poem-songs like wheels. She's from a younger generation, and not a man but a young native woman trying to put the story of a broken people back together."--Joy Harjo, author of Crazy Brave: A Memoir

"In these poems spun from what has been scattered, Jennifer Foerster fashions the vessels not to re-gather those 'relics / littering the plains, ' but to honor, to name. She herself has learned, beautifully."--Eleni Sikelianos, author of Body Clock

"Foerster is that rarity in our time of fragmentation and apocalypse: a poet who explores history and pain, yes, but a poet, also, of healing and hope. Leaving Tulsa is heartening and beautiful and necessary."--Jon Davis, author of Preliminary Report