Riding the Earthboy 40

Riding the Earthboy 40

by James Welch, James Tate

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Overview

Now with an introduction from celebrated poet James Tate, Riding the Earthboy 40 is the only volume of poetry written by acclaimed Native American novelist James Welch. The title of the book refers to the forty acres of Montana land Welch's father once leased from a Blackfeet family called Earthboy. This land and its surroundings shaped the writer's worldview as a youth, its rawness resonates in the vitality of his elegant poetry, and his verse shows a great awareness of a moment in time, of a place in nature, and of the human being in context. Deeply evoking the specific Native American experience in Montana, Welch's poems nonetheless speak profoundly to all readers. With its new introduction, this vital work that has influenced so many American writers is certain to capture a new generation of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101175170
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/05/2004
Series: Penguin Poets
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
File size: 150 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James Welch (1940 – 2003) was the author of the novels Winter in the BloodThe Death of Jim LoneyFools Crow (for which he received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an American Book Award, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award), The Indian Lawyer, and The Heartsong of Charging Elk.  Welch also wrote a nonfiction book, Killing Custer: The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Fate of the Plains Indians, and a work of poetry, Riding the Earthboy 40. He attended schools on the Blackfeet and Fort Belknap reservations in Montana, graduated from the University of Montana, where he studied writing with the late Richard Hugo, and served on the Montana State Board of Pardons.

James Tate’s honors include a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Poetry and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Table of Contents

Riding the Earthboy 40Introduction by James Tate

Knives
Magic Fox
Verifying the Dead
Song for the Season
Dreaming Winter
Toward Dawn
Blue Like Death
Crystal
Picnic Weather
Directions to the Nomad
Gesture Down to Guatemala
Life Support System
The World's only Corn Palace
Arizona Highways
Night Hawk
Trestles by the Blackfoot

The Renegade Wants Words
In My First Hard Spinrtime
Christmas Comes to Moccasin Flat
In My Lifetime
Spring for All Seasons
There Are Silent Legends
Harlem, Montana: Just Off the Reservation
Riding the Earthboy 40
Going to Remake This World
Plea to Those Who Matter
The Man from Washington
Blackfeet, Blood and Peigan Hunters
The Last Priest Didn't Even Say Goodbye
D-Y Bar
The Only Bar in Dixon
Thanksgiving at Snake Butte
The Renegade Wants Words

Day After Chasing Porcupines
Day After Chasing Porcupines
Surviving
Snow Country Weavers
Visit
Dancing Man
Birth on Range 18
The Wrath of Lester Lame Bull
There is a Right Way
Getting Things Straight
The Versatile Historian

The Day the Children Took Over
The Day the Children Took Over
Call to Arms
Two for the Festival
You Gone, the King Dead
Day to Make Up Incompletes
Counting Clouds
Grandma's Man
Gravely
Grandfather at the Rest Home
Legends Like This
Lady in a Distant Face
Never Give a Burn an Even Break

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Riding the Earthboy 40 is the most important book of poetry in all of Native American literature. James Welch is our Frost, Donne, Dickinson, and Stevens. (Sherman Alexie)

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