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Shapeshift Paperback – Sep 1 2003
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"What is exciting about Shapeshift is the fresh voice and perspective it introduces to Native American and Navajo literature. The times and attitudes have changed, and Shapeshift does not ignore this fact. . . . A must-read for anyone interested in discovering a new Native American author." —Navajo Times
“His images can tilt on the side of surrealism, yet his work can be compellingly accessible.” —Arizona Daily Star
From the Inside Flap
"Fourteen ninety-something, / "something" happened / and no one can pick it out of the lineup . . ." In words drawn from urban and Navajo perspectives, Sherwin Bitsui articulates the challenge a Native American person faces in reconciling his or her inherited history of lore and spirit with the coldness of postmodern civilization. "Shapeshift" is a collection of startling new poetry that explores the tensions between the worlds of nature and man. Through brief, imagistic poems interspersed with evocative longer narratives, it offers powerful perceptions of American culture and politics and their lack of spiritual grounding. Linking story, history, and voice, "Shapeshift" is laced with interweaving images--the gravitational pull of a fishbowl, the scent of burning hair, the trickle of motor oil from a harpooned log--that speak to the rich diversity of contemporary DinA(c) writing. ""Tonight, I draw a raven's wing inside a circle
measured a half second
before it expands into a hand.As we thrash against pine needles inside the earthen pot."" With complexities of tone that shift between disconnectedness and wholeness, irony and sincerity, Bitsui demonstrates a balance of excitement and intellect rarely found in a debut volume. As deft as it is daring, "Shapeshift" teases the mind and stirs the imagination.