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Buffalo Dance

The Journey of York

Frank Walker

Publication Year: 2004

" Winner of the 35th Annual Lillian Smith Book Award, 2004 A BookSense 76 Spring 2004 Top 10 Poetry Book! Read an excerpt from the book Listen to Frank X Walker reading on NPR's ""This I Believe"" segment of Morning Edition. This collection of persona poems tells the story of the infamous Lewis & Clark expedition from the point of view of Clark's personal slave, York. The poems form a narrative of York's inner and outer journey, before, during and after the expedition--a journey from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the great northwest, from servant to soul yearning to be free. Over the course of the saga and through the poems, we are treated to subtle and overt commentaries on literacy, slavery, native Americans, buffalo, the environment, and more. Though Buffalo Dance purposely references historic accounts and facts, it is fictionalized poetry, and Frank X Walker's rare blend of history and art breathes life into an important but overlooked historical figure. Frank X Walker is the author of Affrilachia and the soon to be released Black Box , two collections of poetry. He teaches in the department of English & Theatre and is the interim Director of the African/African American Studies Program at Eastern Kentucky University. He is also a visiting professor in Pan African Studies department at the University of Louisville. A 2004 recipient of the Lillian Smith Book Award, he lives in Lexington, KY. Click here for Frank Walker's website.

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Buffalo Dance

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Kentucky Voices

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Copyright

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Preface

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York, born circa 1772 on a plantation in Caroline County, Virginia spent most of his documented life in Louisville, Kentucky as the body servant of William Clark. He accompanied Clark on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Corps of Discovery created by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803...

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Wind Talker

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pp. 1-2

Work Ethic

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God's House

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pp. 4-5

Primer

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pp. 6-7

At Ease

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pp. 8-

Sundays and Christmas

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pp. 9-10

Calendar

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Her Current

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pp. 12-

Medicine Men

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pp. 13-14

Spirit Mound

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pp. 15-

Wasicum Sapa

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pp. 16-

Winter Leaf

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pp. 17-

Buffalo Dance

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pp. 18-19

No Offense

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pp. 20-21

Leading Men

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Domestique

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pp. 23-

Work Song

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Perfume

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Black Magic

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Sandstone Thighs

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Mouths and Waters

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The Portage

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Sun Son

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Double Yolks

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pp. 31-32

Ornithologists

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Swap Meet

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pp. 34-

Promises

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pp. 35-

Nomenclature

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pp. 36-

Respect House

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pp. 37-

Prosperity

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Vision Quest

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Vision Quest II

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pp. 40-41

Ananse

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Mythology

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Earth Tones

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Sweat Lodge

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Doubt

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pp. 47-48

Cold Hearted

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Sad Eye

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Aurora Borealis

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Electorate

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Winter with Jonah

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Majesty

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Pomp's Tower

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The Little Sneeze

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York Haichu

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Pastry Chefs

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Unravel

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pp. 59-60

Revisionist History

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pp. 61-

Monticello

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Souvenir

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pp. 63-

Just Rewards

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pp. 64-

A Love Supreme

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Holy Water

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Ursa Major

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Cumulonimbus

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pp. 68-69

Birth Day

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pp. 70-

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About the Author

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Frank X Walker, a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets (the subjects of the award-winning documentary Coal Black Voices), is the editor of Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium (Haraka Press), the author of Affrilachia (Old Cove Press), and a recipient of an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9780813126906
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813123226

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2004

Series Title: Kentucky Voices

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