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Monday Poems
10:32 am
Mon September 30, 2013

"Storm Pattern"

Storm Pattern, poetry by Greg Pape

On my living room wall hangs a Navajo rug
handwoven by Virginia Yazzie. A Storm Pattern
with a black and white border, through which
the spirit line passes, a design like silhouettes

of mesas on the Colorado Plateau. Within the border
it's red, Ganado red, with black and white
figures, the sacred water bugs, the mountains
and the clouds, and the intersecting lightning bolts

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Crime Fiction
6:38 am
Wed September 25, 2013

James Lee Burke's 'Light of the World' Illuminates Evil

Light of the World, a Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke talks about his new Dave Robicheaux crime novel, Light of the World. He also reads a passage from the book and drops a few hints about his next novel.

From the publisher:

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Book Review
4:11 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Children's Graphic Novel Book Review: 'Squish: Game On!' by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Squish: Game On!

by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Random House 2013

Squish is an amoeba, who lives in a world populated by amoebas that is otherwise much like our own. Game On! is the fifth book in the Squish series of graphic novels by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (the creators of Babymouse).

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Monday Poems
6:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

"Sometimes Odowan"

Dragonfly Weather, poems by Lois Red Elk
Credit Lost Horse Press

Sometimes when I sleep,
I hear buffalo coming,
Sometimes when I sleep,
Tatanka sings me songs.
Hey yo hey yaaaaah.

Sometimes when I dream,
I see dragonflies flying.
Sometimes when I dream,
Tusweca sings me songs.
Hey ya hey yaaaah.

Sometimes when I wake,
I feel the earth moving.
Sometimes when I wake,
Maka Unci sings me songs.
Hey ya hey yaaaaah.

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Memoir
6:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Looking for a Set of Stories to Inhabit

the days are gods, a memoir by Liz Stephens

During this program, Liz Stephens talks with TWQ producer Chérie Newman about her move from L.A. to rural Utah, and reads from her memoir, the days are gods, which chronicles what she and her husband experienced during their time in Wellsville.

About the book:

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Monday Poems
12:15 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

"Sound of Sun"

Wolf Teeth, poems by Henry Real Bird

I can always ride a beautiful pony
and walk through the pines
as the bell on the horse's noseband rings
in the whisper of wind through trees.

Rich fragrances carry love home
like a bird carries hose hair to its nest.
Words of love build a house of love.
Let feeling go, way out in the heart. Fly in love.

I have asked that nothing clings to your heart
as you go riding through life
filled with happiness and joy. The beautiful feelings of your love
bled the sunrise of a purple-topped sky,
above an orange-pink spray

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American Indian Stories
4:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Shoshone-Bannock Teacher Collects Sacred Stories

When the Smoke Goes Straight Up: Grandfather's Stories, retold by Donna Houtz McArthur

Donna Houtz McArthur talks with TWQ producer Chérie Newman about the sacred stories of the Shoshone-Bannock people and reads from her collection When the Smoke Goes Straight Up: Grandfather's Stories.

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Monday Poems
6:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

How to Write the Great American Indian Novel

Sherman Alexie

All of the Indians must have tragic features: tragic noses, eyes, and arms.
Their hands and fingers must be tragic when they reach for tragic food.

The hero must be a half-breed, half white and half Indian, preferably
from a horse culture. He should often weep alone. That is mandatory.

If the hero is an Indian woman, she is beautiful. She must be slender
and in love with a white man. But if she loves an Indian man

then he must be a half-breed, preferably from a horse culture.

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