Linda Hogan

DARK. SWEET. New and Selected Poems. 2014 Coffee House Press.

Forthcoming
Performance piece and long poem from Coffee House Press.
Fiction
Hogan's second novel, a haunting story of forces beyond the human world.
A story of love and family and a quest to find a lost way of life. Winner of the Colorado Book Award for Fiction.
A powerful story of a Vietnam veteran torn between his war experience and his Native American community.
Linda Hogan's first novel, a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Poems
Linda Hogan's latest collection of poems
This National Book Critics Circle Award finalist combines the rich imagery of Linda Hogan's Indian heritage with the wealth of the natural world.
Essays
Essays on nature and the living, spiritual world.
Nonfiction
Hogan wrote the indigenous viewpoints and historical background on this whale, following them in the journey between Baja and the Bering Sea.
Performance Works
Combining dance, music and spoken word, this brilliant interpretation of Chickasaw traditional storytelling was created by Linda Hogan in collaboration with composer Jerod Tate and textile artist Margaret Roach Wheeler.

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Rounding the Human Corners

Turtle Watchers


Old mother at water's edge
used to bow down to them,
the turtles coming in from the sea,
their many eggs,
their eyes streaming water like tears,
and I'd see it it all,
old mother as if in prayer,
the turtles called back to where they were born,
the hungry watchers standing at the edge of trees
hoping for food when darkness gathers.

Years later, swimming in murky waters
a sea turtle swam beside me
both of us watching as if clasped together
in the lineage of the same world
the sweep of the same current,
even rising for a breath of air at the same time
still watching.
My ancestors call them
the keepers of doors
and the shore a realm to other worlds,
both ways and
water moves the deep shift of life
back to birth and before
as if there is a path where beings truly meet,
as if I am rounding the human corners.