Itch Like Crazy

Among Native American writers of mixed blood heritage, few have expressed their concerns with personal identity with as much passion as Wendy Rose A mainstay among American Indian poets whose work addresses these issues, she is a writer with whom readers of diverse ethnic backgrounds have consistently identified In her latest work, Rose returns to these major motifs whilAmong Native American writers of mixed blood heritage, few have expressed their concerns with personal identity with as much passion as Wendy Rose A mainstay among American Indian poets whose work addresses these issues, she is a writer with whom readers of diverse ethnic backgrounds have consistently identified In her latest work, Rose returns to these major motifs while exploring a new dimension using poetry as a tool to delve into the buried secrets of family history and all of American history as well Confronting questions of personal history that itch like crazy the irritations that drive human existence she acknowledges and pays tribute to her Indian and European ancestors without hiding her anger with American society Rose s poems are strong political and social statements that have a distinctly narrative flavor Here are Europeans who first set foot on America s shores while Taino Indians greeted them as if they were visiting neighbors Hopi and Miwok Clan Mothers, grand daughters, all those the missionaries erased and European forebears who as settlers pushed their way relentlessly west Through her vivid imagery, she speaks to and for these ancestors with a sense of loss and an itching caused by the biases provoked by ethnic chauvinism.Itch Like Crazy is a finely crafted literary work that is also a manifesto addressing contacts and conflicts in the history of Indian white relations By presenting another view of U.S history and its impact on the Native Americans who are her ancestors, it offers a new appreciation of the issue of tribal identity that too often faces Native peoples of the Americas and is too often misunderstood by Euro American society.
Itch Like Crazy Among Native American writers of mixed blood heritage few have expressed their concerns with personal identity with as much passion as Wendy Rose A mainstay among American Indian poets whose work add

  • Title: Itch Like Crazy
  • Author: Wendy Rose
  • ISBN: 9780816521777
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Itch Like Crazy”

    1. Overall, I enjoyed this collection. Stand alone, many of the poems are quite interesting. Though, I must say that my favorite of the entire collection is the first to appear: "Imagine it like this." There is so much depth to this poem in particular that the other poems left me sort of wanting, for lack of a better way to describe how I felt. I also enjoyed Part Three of the work : Listen Here for the Voices. It is in this part of the work that Rose shares with her readers photographs and a brief [...]

    2. I need to start with a clarification that I know very little about contemporary poetry, so I read a book like this as a lay person, not as a literary scholar. I was pleased with the accessibility of it, that it was not a collection of abstract poems about nothing more than personal feelings. The personal feelings are there, to be sure (most specifically in Rose's sense of a torn identity being both Native and European American while feeling rage at the historical injustices that resulted when Eu [...]

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