What the Chickadee Knows

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Wayne State University Press
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.25 inches | 0.21 pounds

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About the Author

Margaret Noodin is professor of English and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also serves as the associate dean of the Humanities and director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature and Weweni (Wayne State University Press, 2015), a collection of bilingual poems in Anishinaabemowin and English.


an exquisite bilingual journey of languages and observations "situated between the traditions of the past and the innovation needed for survival into the future."

--Naomi Shihab Nye "The New York Times Magazine"

'Recognize yourselves in shared water, ' writes Margaret Noodin in 'Apenimonodan' ('Trust') as the poems of What the Chickadee Knows open into an Anishinaabemowin world, asking us to listen, to be present in 'what we notice.' What I notice--what I delight in--is the music of poetry--visual and aural--how the sheer sound of words and each poem's visual lyricism creates meaning enough for connection. Poetry is music; poetry is the spirit of the senses sounded into life by breath. With these generous and rapt poems, written in Anishinaabemowin and translated by the author herself into English, Noodin gives us an extraordinary gift: an invitation into the illumination of language.

--Jennifer Elise Foerster

Finding such profound inspiration is a literary gift and it warms my heart to know that her daughter did the cover art.

-- "The Boswellians: Blog for Boswell Book Company"

There are many moments of beauty and insight to encounter.

--Jon M. Sweeney "Spirituality and Practice"

The poems here beautifully center Anishinaabe philosophy and language as a future, not just a past. They are also a joy to read.

--Sarah Neilson "Literary Hub"