Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

I.

Follow the Blackbirds

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pp. 3-4

A Trade

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pp. 5-7

School Days

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pp. 8-9

Innocent Captives

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pp. 10-19

Mourning Song

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pp. 11-20

Dying of Thirst

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pp. 12-21

Linear Process

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pp. 13-22

Saving Scraps

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pp. 14-17

Dead End

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pp. 18-27

Early Freeze

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pp. 19-28

Henana Epe Kte

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pp. 20-29

Quantum Theory

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pp. 21-30

Genetic Code

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pp. 22-31

Feed Them

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pp. 23-24

II.

This Is My Explaining Ceremony

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pp. 27-36

Red Earth Gathering

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pp. 28-37

Journey

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pp. 29-38

Flint Hills Release

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pp. 30-39

First Flight

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pp. 31-40

Where the Buffalo Roam

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pp. 32-33

No Contest

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pp. 34-43

Linear Perspective

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pp. 35-44

Monet on the Northern Plains

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pp. 36-37

Road Song

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pp. 38-47

Delisted

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pp. 39-48

Root Words

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pp. 40-41

At Spirit Lake

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pp. 42-51

Ḣe Keya Woabdakedaŋ

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pp. 43-44

III.

Venetian

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pp. 47-56

Skin Essentials

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pp. 48-49

Why He Teaches the Language

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pp. 50-59

Daḳota Odowaŋ

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pp. 51-52

Morning Song

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pp. 53-62

Winuna

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pp. 54-63

Wicaŋḣpi Heciya Taŋhaŋ Uŋhipi (We Come from the Stars)

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pp. 55-64

The Lesson

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pp. 56-65

Tidal Force

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pp. 57-66

Owotaŋna Sececa

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pp. 58-67

Going Back

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pp. 59-60

Migration

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pp. 61-62

Wowicak’u

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pp. 63-72

Below the Surface

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pp. 64-66

Daḳota Alphabet and Orthography

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pp. 67-68

Glossary

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pp. 69-70

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 71-72

I am grateful to the editors of the following publications where my poems have previously appeared in print or online in different versions: “Where the Buffalo Roam,” “Root Words,” and “Awakening” in Natural Bridge (Fall 2011); “Dakota Odowaŋ” and “Wowicak’u/Feed Them” in Water-Stone Review (2010); ...