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Corpse Whale

dg nanouk okpik

Publication Year: 2012

A self-proclaimed “vessel in which stories are told from time immemorial,” poet dg nanouk okpik seamlessly melds both traditional and contemporary narrative, setting her apart from her peers. The result is a collection of poems that are steeped in the perspective of an Inuit of the twenty-first century—a perspective that is fresh, vibrant, and rarely seen in contemporary poetics.
Fearless in her craft, okpik brings an experimental, yet poignant, hybrid aesthetic to her first book, making it truly one of a kind. “It takes all of us seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling to be one,” she says, embodying these words in her work. Every sense is amplified as the poems, carefully arranged, pull the reader into their worlds. While each poem stands on its own, they flow together throughout the collection into a single cohesive body.
The book quickly sets up its own rhythms, moving the reader through interior and exterior landscapes, dark and light, and other spaces both ecological and spiritual. These narrative, and often visionary, poems let the lives of animal species and the power of natural processes weave into the human psyche, and vice versa.
Okpik’s descriptive rhythms ground the reader in movement and music that transcend everyday logic and open up our hearts to the richness of meaning available in the interior and exterior worlds.

Published by: University of Arizona Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-13

dg nanouk okpik is Inupiaq, Inuit, and was raised by an Irish and German family in Anchorage, Alaska. Her family had ocean-faring boats, and, growing up, she fished in many rivers, lakes, and seaports. As a poet, dg okpik draws on her Inupiat heritage, but she is firmly rooted in the complexities, tensions...

Siqinq: Sun January

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pp. 3-14

Ceprano Man

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pp. 4-10

Izrasugruk Tatqiq: February

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pp. 11-22

Imieauraq’s Ceremony of the Dead

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pp. 12-14

Addled

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pp. 15-17

Paniqsiqsiivik: March

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pp. 18-29

Moon of the Returning Sun

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pp. 19-30

Riding Samna’s Gyrfalcon

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pp. 20-22

Mask of Dance

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pp. 23-24

Agaviksiuvika Tatqiq: April

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pp. 25-36

The Fate of Inupiaq-like Kingfisher

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pp. 26-27

Drying Magma Near Illiamna

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pp. 28-30

Days of Next Yesterday

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pp. 31-42

Suvluravik Tatqiq: May

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pp. 32-43

Stereoscope

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pp. 33-34

Pearl Serpents in Trance

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pp. 35-46

Palmed Hands Foist Dice

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pp. 36-37

Ninilchik

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pp. 38-39

Bess and Raven

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pp. 40-51

Ibeivik: June Birth Time

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pp. 41-52

If Oil Is Drilled in Bristol Bay

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pp. 42-53

No Fishing on the Point

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pp. 43-44

Salt Cedar on Kokonee at Susitna River

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pp. 45-46

Demons in a Quonset Hut

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pp. 47-58

Date: Post Glacial

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pp. 48-49

Inyukuksaivik Tatqiq: July

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pp. 50-61

Little Brother and Serpent Samna

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pp. 51-52

Uqaqtaa: God Brings Her/Me to the Next Mind

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pp. 53-64

When Frog Songs Change

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pp. 54-65

Cell Block on Chena River

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pp. 55-66

The Shaman Palpates Her/My Body with Voices

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pp. 56-67

Aqavirvik Tatqiq: August

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pp. 57-68

Under Erasure

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pp. 58-69

The Pact with Samna

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pp. 59-60

Tingivik Tatqiq: September Moon

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pp. 61-72

Oil is a People

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pp. 62-63

Warming

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pp. 64-75

Her/My Arctic: Corpse Whale

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pp. 65-66

The Weight of the Arch Distributes the Girth of the Other

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pp. 67-78

A Violin in Blue

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pp. 68-79

Nuliavik Tatqiq: October

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pp. 69-80

For the Spirits-Who-Have-Not-Yet-Rounded-the-Bend

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pp. 70-74

The Flying Snow Knife

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pp. 75-86

The Sun, Moon, and the Dead Raven

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pp. 76-87

Nippivik Tatqiq: November

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pp. 77-88

Whalebone Wolf Hunters Dance

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pp. 78-89

Tonrat the Watchmaker Bestows His Wishes on Her/Me

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pp. 79-90

Tulunigraq: Something Like a Raven

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pp. 80-91

She Sang to Me Once at a Place for Hunting Owls: Utkiavik

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pp. 81-92

In Wainwright’s Musk Oil Spermary

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pp. 82-83

Her/My Seabird Sinnatkquq Dream

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pp. 84-86

Ukiuk: Winter Siqinrilaq Tatqiq: December

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pp. 87-98

Chain Link Fence at the End of Tin White Life

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pp. 88-99

A Ricochet Harpoon Thrown Through Time Space

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pp. 89-100

A Cigarette Among the Dead

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pp. 90-101

An Anatkuq’s Marionette of Death

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pp. 91-94

Loose Inuit Glossary

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pp. 95-97

Acknowledgments

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pp. 99-112


E-ISBN-13: 9780816599363
Print-ISBN-13: 9780816526741

Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Sun Tracks