Mar 29, 2020
Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert
Posted by Ofelia Zepeda

The annual seasons and rhythms of the desert are a dance of clouds, wind, rain, and flood water in it roles from bringer of food to destroyer of life The critical importance of weather and climate to native desert peoples is reflected with grace and power in this personal collection of poems, the first written creative work by an individual in O odham and a landmark in NaThe annual seasons and rhythms of the desert are a dance of clouds, wind, rain, and flood water in it roles from bringer of food to destroyer of life The critical importance of weather and climate to native desert peoples is reflected with grace and power in this personal collection of poems, the first written creative work by an individual in O odham and a landmark in Native American literature Poet Ofelia Zepeda centers these poems on her own experiences growing up in a Tohono O odham family, where desert climate profoundly influenced daily life, and on her perceptions as a contemporary Tohono O odham woman One section of poems deals with contemporary life, personal history, and the meeting of old and new ways Another section deals with winter and human responses to light and air The final group of poems focuses on the nature of women, the ocean, and the way the past relationship of the O odham with the ocean may still inform present day experience These fine poems will give the outside reader a rich insight into the daily life of the Tohono O odham people.

  • Title: Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert
  • Author: Ofelia Zepeda
  • ISBN: 9780816515417
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ocean Power Poems from the Desert The annual seasons and rhythms of the desert are a dance of clouds wind rain and flood water in it roles from bringer of food to destroyer of life The critical importance of weather and climate to

    Rosemary

    Beautiful collection of poems about memories of rain, the desert, being a woman and the sea by a Tohono O Odham poet.Morning Air The early morning air,enveloped in heavy moisture.I go outside and it lays on my shoulders I go about my business, carrying the morning airfor the rest of the day.


    Naomi

    I do not read O odhom, so I cannot begin to reflect on the poems that have no English translation in this bilingual volume The poetry I could and did read is beautiful and drops the reader into the dust and heat and feelings and the O odhom lands Recommended.


    Bojan

    Second time reading in preparation for her upcoming talk reading at the Heard Museum in Phoenix and it was as delightful as the first.


    Sarah

    Beautiful, in dialogue with my soul.


    Peggy

    I am so happy that I found this book at Antigone Books during a recent visit to Tucson Zepeda is a member of the Tohono O odham tribe, formerly known as the Papagos Her poems express life in the desert Some are bilingual Many include elements of chant, with strong rhythms, repeated words and phrases, with themes that describes community activities I was enchanted by the description of women watching the sky, smelling the desert earth after rain, using their towels to wipe their faces in the summ [...]


    Michelle Boyer

    What a wonderful collection of poetry that comes from the Tohono O odham desert Zepeda herself identifies with her Tohono O odham culture, using her poetry to discuss matters of water in the desert both in English and her native tongue The pages are full of stories about how others experience rain in the desert, a commodity that many do not consider until they live in the desert The poems are full of vibrant descriptions At times you can taste the rain that the poet discusses You can smell the r [...]



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