"My voice is theirs comes in whispers One Wail Rising"

-excerpt from "Bitterroot"

This land
unlike a map
is not stagnant          unmoving
not fixed flat on a page
a frozen terrain
new rivers may be
carved daily
by logs fallen to lightning
deep channels
from the scat of deer, moose, wolf and bear
may grow the rarest blooms
tendrils, furls of green fern…

Songbird’s work in Bitterroot…

is stark and tender, has wisdom and real information for modern human beings. It rises out of and continues the Native tradition of Mary TallMountain. Poems like One Wail Rising invent and carry forward what it means to be Indian in urban America. There is an authentic and valuable voice here.
–Duane BigEagle

These poems offer…

… surprising images that are stunning and fresh… new songs to our ears. It’s like being in a circle, hearing the diversity of metaphors, from the street to the forest, from a fresh water river to the sewers of a city. . . Abena Songbird’s voice is daring and real.
–Janice Mirikitani
San Francisco Poet Laureate 2000

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