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Rock Island Hiking Club
by Ray A. Young Bear
University of Iowa Press, 2001
Cloth: 978-0-87745-770-1 | Paper: 978-0-87745-771-8
Library of Congress Classification PS3575.O865R63 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54


The narrator in this latest collection of poems by Ray Young Bear is alter ego and spiritual seeker Edgar Bearchild, who balances the hapless polarities of life in the Black Eagle Child Settlement with wry humor, a powerful intelligence, and the occasional designer drug. Bearchild is forever infused with revelations both modern and ancient, forever influenced by tribal history, animism, supernaturalism, religion, and mythology.

Whether faced with tragedy or comedy, Bearchild lives in a world replete with signs and portents, from the Lazy-Boy recliner that visually accesses a faraway crime to the child's handprint that mysteriously appears on a frosty ladder. Edgar and his wife, Selene Buffalo Husband, and the other members of the Black Eagle Child Settlement create and recreate prophecies that “quietly wait and glow” in the “mythical darkness that would follow the stories.”

Poet, novelist, and performing artist Ray Young Bear is a tribal member of the Meskwaki Nation of central Iowa. He is the author of Winter of the SalamanderThe Invisible MusicianBlack Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives (Iowa, 1992), and Remnants of the First Earth.

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