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dc.contributor.author Winder, Tanaya
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-06T16:49:08Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-06
dc.date.submitted May 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20890
dc.description.abstract Winter Bird is a collection of fifty-one poems that delve into themes of loss, longing, and trauma present in Native American communities. Issues including suicide, alcoholism, and rape cover the historical landscape of these poems which use imagery of birds and motifs of winter, cold, and music to render the topics. Contemporary issues are also brought under the lens of these poems which add personal implications by using love poems written in first-person. Winter Bird follows a three-section format using three poems “The Surrender to Memory,” “What John Wayne Couldn’t Have Known,” and “The Significance of a Hanging” as titles for each section. Writing reflects reality, where through the careful choice, picking, and precision of words, we mimic control over form, trying to re-create experience, and, as with any form, something is inherently sacrificed in v that re-creation. As these poems deal with death and impermanence by incorporating art, music, and motifs of birds amongst other techniques, Winter Bird and this three-section format allows the reader to interrogate whom death/loss/trauma targets, question who is tempted by it, and hopefully by the end of it, come out with an understanding of flight's urgency. The first section “The Surrender to Memory” takes the reader on a journey to the past to question what childhood experiences shape the life of an adult; the second section “What John Wayne Couldn’t Have Known” delves into historical trauma to get at Herman’s claim, “understanding of psychological trauma begins with rediscovering history" (1); the third section “The Significance of a Hanging” culminates with the trauma and reckoning of loss. Each section uses music and art as tropes along with birds and winter as motifs to provide different vantage points into the traumas such that the reader can get closer to the re-creation of experience. Through the combination of image and text, the poems push the emotional tenor of the poems into dramatic space. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject poetry en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Indians of North America -- Poems
dc.title Winter Bird en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree MFA Creative Writing en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of English en_US
dc.description.advisor Thiel, Diane
dc.description.committee-member Martin, Greg
dc.description.committee-member Harjo, Joy
dc.description.committee-member Kocher, Ruth Ellen
dc.description.committee-member Thiel, Diane
emb.embargo.terms 2099-05-14
emb.embargo.lift 2099-05-14

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