A Radiant Curve: Poems and Stories by Luci TapahonsoA Radiant Curve: Poems and Stories by Luci Tapahonso

A Radiant Curve: Poems and Stories

byLuci Tapahonso

Paperback | October 17, 2008

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In this sixth collection of stories and verse, award-winning writer Luci Tapahonso finds sacredness in everyday life. Viewing a sunset in a desert sky, listening to her granddaughter recount how she spent her day, or visiting her mother after her father's passing, she finds traces of her own memories, along with echoes of the voices of her Navajo ancestors.

These engaging words draw us into a workaday world that, magically but never surprisingly, has room for the Diyin Dine'é (the Holy People), Old Salt Woman, and Dawn Boy. When she describes her grandson's First Laugh Ceremony-explaining that it was originally performed for White Shell Girl, who grew up to be Changing Woman-her account enriches us and we long to hear more. Tapahonso weaves the Navajo language into her work like she weaves "the first four rows of black yarn" into a rug she is making "for my little grandson, who inherited my father's name: Hastiin Tsétah Naaki Bísóí."

As readers, we find that we too are surrounded by silent comfort, held lovingly in the confident hands of an accomplished writer who has a great deal to tell us about life.
Luci Tapahonso is the author of many books, including Blue Horses Rush In and Sanii Dahataal: The Women Are Singing. She is Professor of American Indian Studies and English at the University of Arizona and in 2006 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas.
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Title:A Radiant Curve: Poems and StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.47 inPublished:October 17, 2008Publisher:University of Arizona PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816527091

ISBN - 13:9780816527090

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Editorial Reviews

"Tapahonso's newest poetry collection, A Radiant Curve, confirms her place near the top of any list in American literature."-Studies in American Indian Literatures

"Tapahonso celebrates the everyday acts, rituals, and stories that draw people together across the years and across the distances of cultural dispersion."-Library Journal